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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 1993) . . Page.. 2509 ..


FIRE BRIGADE (ADMINISTRATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1993

Debate resumed from 17 June 1993, on motion by Mr Connolly:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR DE DOMENICO (11.12): Madam Speaker, the Opposition will not be opposing this Bill. The Bill allows excess staff employed under the Fire Brigade Act to get similar benefits by incorporating similar excess staff provisions in section 76W of the Public Service Act into the Fire Brigade (Administration) Act. It is a procedural amendment which will allow people to obtain benefits under the provisions of section 76W of the Public Service Act, and the Liberal Party is happy to support the legislation.

MR CONNOLLY (Attorney-General, Minister for Housing and Community Services and Minister for Urban Services) (11.13), in reply: I thank the Opposition for their support for this technical amendment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

FOOD (AMENDMENT) BILL 1993

Debate resumed from 17 June 1993, on motion by Mr Berry:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS CARNELL (Leader of the Opposition) (11.14): This Bill is the second stage of a three-stage program for reviewing and modernising food laws in the ACT. Stage one was the Food Act 1992, which I am sure all of us can remember with great pleasure as it was so long in coming. This Bill provides for food safety in the ACT by rectifying three problem areas that currently exist. The Bill addresses difficulties in achieving satisfactory standards in manufacturing practices and design and construction of food premises by enabling the Minister to approve codes of practice relevant to food safety. Food outlets will need to comply with such codes if they wish to produce and sell foods.

The Bill also requires all food businesses to be licensed, so as to effectively identify food businesses for the purposes of ensuring that hygiene requirements are being complied with. This is intended to replace the existing system whereby only some types of premises are licensed and specific types excluded, such as licensed clubs and restaurants which provide meals. Licence fees will be determined by the low and high risk categories of the food sold. Non-profit organisations will have the licence fee waived. The Bill also provides powers for an inspector, appointed under the Public Health Act 1928, to require a proprietor to remedy contraventions of the Act, codes of practice and regulations relating to cleanliness defects in the food premises.


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