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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4932 ..

MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition) (12.17 am): These two Bills establish a protocol for the disposal of uncollected goods. Until now the ACT has not had specific laws dealing with this matter but has relied on common law, especially the notion of bailment. These Bills establish different criteria for goods of different value. For example, goods of no value, defined as being worth less than $20, can be disposed of without further notice to the owner one week after they are deemed to be uncollectable, whereas goods of higher value have longer periods of time before they can be disposed of. Perishable goods - defined as animals, food or anything which could become noxious - may be disposed of at any time if they are deemed to be uncollected. The rights of owners to appeal to the courts and/or to obtain a share of the proceeds of the disposal of uncollected goods are set out in the Bills. Mr Speaker, the Opposition will be supporting the Bills. I understand that there is a minor error to be corrected and that the Government are going to move an amendment to do that.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (12.18 am), in reply: I thank the house for its support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail Stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (12.19 am): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move amendments 1 to 7, circulated in my name, together.

Leave granted.


Page 2, line 13, clause 3, paragraph (2)(c), omit "or" (last occurring).

Page 2, line 14, clause 3, subclause (2), add the following paragraphs:

"(a) firearms, firearm parts or ammunition under the Firearms Act 1966; or

(b) prohibited weapons or prohibited articles under the Prohibited Weapons Act 1996.".

Page 2, line 17, clause 4 (definition of "authorised officer"), omit "appointed".

Page 4, lines 23 and 24, clause 4 (definition of "weapon"), omit the definition.

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