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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 May 2007) . . Page.. 844 ..

able to increase the amount of water that can safely be extracted from the Murrumbidgee River should we require it in the future.


Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Petition—out of order

Banning of battery egg production—Dr Foskey—(619 signatures).

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2007

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo): I seek leave to table the explanatory statement for the Animal Welfare (Amendment) Bill 2007, which I tabled this morning.

Leave granted.

DR FOSKEY: I present the following paper:

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2007—Explanatory statement.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Pace egg farm

MR STANHOPE: I have an answer to a question asked on Tuesday by Dr Foskey. The question was: has the Pace farm contacted the ACT government about a compensation package in the event of the closure of the farm? If so, what stage have negotiations reached? I have been advised today that nobody in my office or that the Chief Minister’s Department has contacted today has been able to track down or identify a single conversation or request by anybody at any stage in relation to the possibility of Pace farm closing or seeking compensation from the ACT government.

My officials, to date, have not been able to identify a single person within the ACT government who has had a single conversation with the Pace farm on this matter. But if there is somebody out there that has, I am hoping and assuming, through attempts to discover who they are, that they will identify themselves. At this stage, not one of my chief executives or senior executives has had a conversation on this matter with anyone.

Low income earners—concessions

Debate resumed.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability and Community Services, Minister for Women) (3.39): I thank Dr Foskey for bringing this motion forward. The government supports the general thrust of the motion. I have circulated an amendment. I move:

Omit all words after paragraph (1) (b) “the ACT Government”, substitute:

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