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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 3548..


MR WOOD (continuing):

sponsorships by corporations; exempting organisations such as P&C associations when conducting a collection for educational purposes and voluntary contributions to a school; agreeing that receipts for donations need only be supplied when requested; allowing children under six years of age to take part in collections if under adult supervision; and clarifying the minimum information required for financial reporting.

I thank all those in the charity and collections sector for their valuable and constructive contribution to that process.

MR CORNWELL: Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a statement on the same matter.

Leave granted.

MR CORNWELL: I will not keep the house long. I thank the minister for his statement. I was aware that there were some concerns after the first round, but I have now received a letter from the Society of St Vincent de Paul, which is quite a large player in charities collection, I have spoken to the Combined Charities Christmas Shop, which represents 31 organisations, and I understand that the P&C council has been consulted and all are happy with the arrangements outlined by the minister. The opposition is quite happy to go along with the arrangements. I suppose we will just have to wait and see whether there are further hiccups. On the face of it, Mr Speaker, the initial problems that were raised appear to have been settled at the moment.

Handgun buyback

Papers and statement by minister

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Minister for Arts and Heritage): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following papers:

Accountability and Administrative Procedures for the Handgun Buyback-Intergovernmental Agreement, dated 10 July 2003 and 28 July 2003.

Firearms Act 1996-

Firearms (Compensation) Regulations 2003 No 28-Subordinate Law SL2003-28 (LR, 28 August 2003), including explanatory statement.

Firearms (Fees) Determination 2003 (No 1)-Disallowable Instrument DI2003-261 (LR, 28 August 2003), including explanatory statement.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: As members will be aware, the Firearms Amendment Act 2003, which commenced on 1 July, amended the Firearms Act 1996 and the firearms regulations to give effect to an agreement late last year by the Council of Australian Governments to place greater restrictions on access to certain types of pistols. Simultaneously on 1 July 2003, the buyback of prohibited pistols and associated parts and accessories commenced


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