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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2588..


MR CORBELL

(continuing):

Proposed new part 1.1A.

MR CORBELL

(Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (4.06): I move amendment No 4 circulated in my name, which inserts a new part 1.1A in schedule 1 [see schedule 1 at page 2667].

Amendment agreed to.

Proposed part 1.1A agreed to.

Parts 1.2 to 1.4, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Proposed new part 1.5.

MR CORBELL

(Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (4.07): I move amendment No 5 circulated in my name, which inserts a new part 1.5 in schedule 1 [see schedule 1 at page 2667].

Amendment agreed to.

Proposed new part 1.5 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Firearms (Prohibited Pistols) Amendment Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 17 June 2003, on motion by Mr Wood:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PRATT

(4.09): Mr Speaker, we will support the government's legislative amendment, although I must also point out we won't be supporting the Democrats' amendment to what Mr Wood proposes. The government's legislative amendments are sensible and fall into line with the benchmarks for sporting pistol activities outlined in the December 2002 COAG meeting.

By and large, it seems that all of the jurisdictions are now legislating to conform with COAG. The ACT's legislation will simply be adjusted to conform closely with that of New South Wales because to do otherwise would mean that administering laws on prohibited firearms and prohibited shooting practices would be extremely difficult and, indeed, unworkable if we were not conforming with the state that surrounds us.

The Prime Minister has given his imprimatur to these COAG principles, which govern the design of these legislative amendments. I am also aware that some of the amendments to this proposed legislation put forward by various ACT stakeholders will not be supported by the Prime Minister, nor by COAG. This further convinces me that this proposal is sound.


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