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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 9 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 2565 ..

Tuesday, 27 August 1996


MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The Clerk: The following petitions have been lodged for presentation:

By Mr Hird, from 34 residents, requesting that the battery cage system of egg production be abolished.

By Mr Hird, from 398 residents, requesting that the installation of a ramp and sliding doors to McDonald's Family Restaurant in Bunda Street, Civic be investigated.

By Mr Osborne, from 1,482 residents, requesting that the Assembly vote against the Government's proposed restricted shopping hours legislation.

By Mr Hird, from 30 residents, requesting that the lease and development application for the community sporting facilities in McKellar be approved.

The terms of these petitions will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.

Egg Production - Battery Cage System

The petition read as follows:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly: that the battery cage system of egg production involves many cruel practices towards hens, including:

1. caging for their entire lives in cages where they cannot exhibit their natural behaviour, for example spreading their wings and scratching in dirt or litter;

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