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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 3985..


Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Smyth ) agreed to:

That leave of absence be given to Mr Mulcahy for this sitting.

Papers

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Powers of Attorney Bill 2006—Revised explanatory statement.

Australian Crime Commission (ACT) Act, pursuant to subsection 51 (5)—Australian Crime Commission—2005-07—annual report, dated 13 October 2006.

Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2006—exposure draft

Paper and statement by minister

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella—Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Housing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2006—exposure draft.

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

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: The Domestic Animals Act 2000 came into effect on 20 December 2000. The Domestic Animals Regulation 2001 commenced on 12 June 2001. This bill seeks to amend the act following a comprehensive review of its provisions undertaken in 2005-06.

The need to amend the act has arisen due to major changes in equivalent legislation in New South Wales and Victoria in recent years and the government's domestic cat management initiatives that I announced in May this year. These amendments and the accompanying Domestic Animals Amendment Regulation 2006 will ensure the ACT's domestic animals legislation is brought up to date and represents best contemporary practice in Australasia.

Officers of my department have consulted widely in developing this legislation through involvement with key stakeholders locally and through meeting with policy makers and regulators from Australian state and territory governments and New Zealand. To continue with consultation, I am introducing this bill as an exposure draft to allow formal comment by MLAs and the public on the bill's proposals. Therefore, the government does not intend that debate on the final bill will begin until the autumn sittings of the Assembly in 2007. During this initial period, written comments on the bill may be made by accessing the territory and municipal services


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