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Thursday, 1 April 1993


MADAM SPEAKER (Ms McRae) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.


MR MOORE: Madam Speaker, I ask for leave to present a petition which does not conform with standing orders as it does not address the Assembly, nor does it contain a request.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: I present an out-of-order petition from 112 residents urging the Government to develop commercial tenants legislation.


MR BERRY (Minister for Health, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Sport) (10.31): Madam Speaker, I present the Radiation (Amendment) Bill 1993.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BERRY: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The Radiation (Amendment) Bill 1993 amends the Radiation Act 1983 in relation to the membership and responsibilities of the ACT Radiation Council. The Radiation Council is established to control the safe use, transportation, storage and disposal of radioactive materials and irradiating apparatus. The council is responsible for granting of licences in relation to the use of radioactive material and irradiating apparatus; granting registration for an irradiating apparatus; directing licensees in situations where the health of their employees or other persons may be at risk from ionising radiation exposure; controlling the transport of radioactive material; controlling the storage of radioactive material; and granting permits for the disposal of radioactive material. The council also pursues its role in radiation safety by participating in or encouraging education courses for various groups.

The current membership of the council comprises a member who is registered as a medical practitioner under the Medical Practitioners Registration Act 1930 and is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists; a member nominated by the Australian National University; a member nominated by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; and a member nominated by the Minister for Health. When enacted in 1983, the Radiation Ordinance established the Radiation Council with a membership of five persons,

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