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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 9 Hansard (7 September) . . Page.. 2954..


PLANNING AND URBAN SERVICES-STANDING COMMITTEE

Alteration to Reporting Date

MR HIRD (10.33): Mr Speaker, I seek leave of the house to move a motion in respect of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services reporting on a inquiry into the possible improper influence of a witness.

Leave granted.

MR HIRD: The rationale behind this is that the witness in question has been overseas and wishes to give information which the committee has sought from that witness. I understand that it is forthcoming, and I would ask for an extension of the reporting date to no later than the end of October this year.

MR SPEAKER: Would you move the motion, Mr Hird, please.

MR HIRD: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 25 May 2000, as amended on 29 June 2000, referring the allegations of the possible improper influence of a witness to the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services for inquiry and report, be amended by omitting "by the last sitting day of September 2000" and substituting "by the last sitting day of October 2000".

Question resolved in the affirmative.

DOMESTIC ANIMALS BILL 2000

Mr Smyth , pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (10.35): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, it gives me immense satisfaction to bring to the Assembly today a finalised package of comprehensive initiatives in the control of animals in the territory. I am tabling today the completed and amended strategic companion animal management package, or SCAMP, as it is otherwise known.

I initially tabled SCAMP for community consultation in October 1999. The consultation period elicited almost 1,000 responses, and I am extremely satisfied with the way in which the general public and key interest groups have responded to the proposals contained within that package. Many valid concerns were raised during consultation, and most were also able to be resolved. I believe that this package is now tuned to harmonise with the unique lifestyle that we as Canberrans enjoy.


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