Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (5 December) . . Page.. 4420 ..
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;
2. caging for their entire lives in cages with sloping wire floors, where the only possible position of comfort is to roost on the bodies of other hens.
Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to abolish the battery cage system of egg production in the ACT.
MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism) (10.31): Mr Speaker, I present the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation Bill 1996, together with its explanatory memorandum.
Title read by Clerk.
MR DE DOMENICO: I move:
That this Bill be agreed to in principle.
Mr Speaker, the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation Bill is a significant step in maximising the social and economic benefits of tourism and events to the Territory through an enhanced legal and administrative framework. The Bill sets out the functions, powers, membership and staffing of the corporation. Other significant provisions deal with financial accountability and reporting arrangements for the corporation. By streamlining administrative procedures and giving the corporation a commercial charter, the Government will enhance the delivery of tourism marketing services and integrate the management and marketing approaches of the ACT's major government-funded events and festivals. Its principal function will be to market the Territory to interstate and international travellers.