Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 April 2005 2005) . . Page.. 1572 ..
measures have been introduced. Together with the Animal Diseases Act, important developments in a national approach to the management of stock disease can now be much better accommodated. I commend the Stock Bill 2005 to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principal.
Clauses 1 to 38, by leave taken together and agreed to.
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.55): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name on the green paper [see schedule 2 at page 1583]. As foreshadowed in the in principle remarks, this is an amendment to clause 39 to allow some leeway to the chief executive in a case where a stock owner may not be able to collect his stock within 14 days.
As it currently stands, if the stock is not collected within 14 days, the chief executive must sell the stock. This amendment gives the chief executive some leeway if there are a few days either way, rather than going to the expense and inconvenience of a sale. I consulted at length with parliamentary counsel about how we might best tackle this, and this was their best advice. I commend the amendment, which would make everyone’s life just a little easier.
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs) (5.56): The government will oppose the amendment. The government’s view is that an extension of time for the selling of impounded stock should be agreed to only if maintenance costs can be recovered from the owner. It is reasonable that the chief executive retain that discretion.
Clause 39 agreed to.
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.57): I move amendment No 2 circulated in my name on the green paper [see schedule 2 at page 1583]. I move this amendment because, I suppose in a way, I am concerned about the provisions whereby the territory basically, when all else fails, is in receipt of any benefits from the sale of impounded stock.
This is an amendment that will allow the owner of the stock more time to come forward and obtain the benefits of such a sale, if such benefits exist. It is consistent with some of the other sale of goods provisions in other legislation where the money is held in trust for a period longer than one year. I commend the amendment to the Assembly.