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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1016..

MR BARR (continuing):

circumstances are informed about the most likely locations of asbestos in and around homes that have been built prior to 1985.

As Ms Gallagher stated in her presentation speech for this bill, these initiatives are not going forward without support. The package, of course, has been developed to provide high-quality education and training for a broad range of occupations dealing with asbestos, and this package is currently under consideration by the ACT Accreditation and Registration Council. This package, of course, is not only the first for any Australian jurisdiction but it represents the most comprehensive package of training initiatives for the asbestos industry anywhere in the world.

Just before concluding, I note that the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs in its scrutiny report No 24 released yesterday commended the explanatory statement to this bill on the effort taken to explain both its content and purposes. I also note, though, that the committee drew attention to a few minor points that the committee thought might be addressed. Whilst these are only grammatical in nature and in no way detract from the integrity of the document, the government has agreed to the committee's suggestions, and I now table a revised explanatory statement for the bill.

This bill is testament to this government having tackled this issue head on and having seriously addressed the future management of asbestos in the ACT. This legislation and the proposed training and communications to support it will provide a model to the world and assist us in reducing further incidents of asbestos-related diseases, particularly among those most at risk in the trades, services and maintenance sectors.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2006

Debate resumed from 30 March 2006, on motion by Mr Hargreaves:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (11.20): The opposition will be supporting this bill, and I will make a number of comments now in relation to it. The bill in itself is fairly unextraordinary. It has a new section 7A, a new offence of aggravated cruelty which a person commits if they commit an act of cruelty on an animal and that act causes the death and the person intends to cause or is reckless about causing the death of or serious injury to the animal. The maximum penalty is $20,000, which is 200 penalty units, or imprisonment for two years, or both. The act defines "causes death or serious injury". It defines "serious injury".

There is an alternative verdict if the court is not satisfied that the person actually intended to cause or was reckless about causing the death of or serious injury to the

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