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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 12 Hansard (14 November) . . Page.. 3681..

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Standing order 221

MR SPEAKER: Earlier Mrs Dunne raised a point of order about the proposed suspension of standing order 221 in an amendment which was before the Assembly. It would not be disorderly for that motion to be put before the house. In fact, it would be quite orderly. If the motion were to be put to the house and the requisite majority was not present, then I would rule that the vote was resolved in the negative. But that would only occur, of course, if a vote was called.

Mr Stefaniak: Mr Speaker, thank you for that. I note the matter will be dealt with by consent on Tuesday. The parties are happy for it to go until Tuesday.

Criminal Code 2002

Debate resumed from 26 September 2002, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2002

Debate resumed from 26 September 2002, on motion by Mr Wood:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORNWELL (4.48): Mr Speaker, this government bill tidies up anomalies in the original legislation. I have canvassed the matter with a number of groups on behalf of the opposition, and we will be supporting this legislation. I make two points raised by community groups involved in animal welfare. It is important that they go into the record. Before I explain these two matters of concern, may I thank the minister, who provided me with a briefing by his department on these matters. I am grateful for that.

The absence of a warrant to enter premises to deal with a nuisance dog was raised by all people I consulted. Urban Services officers explained that before such action is taken there are negotiations with the owner and, if the problem is still unresolved, the objector is asked to keep a log of complaints for six weeks. The department then documents this information and presents it to the DPP for the laying of a charge. That is, a brief must be presented.

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