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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 3 Hansard (23 March) . . Page.. 659 ..

Tuesday, 23 March 1999


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.


MR SPEAKER: I wish to inform the Assembly that due to the unavoidable absence of the Clerk during today's sitting the Deputy Clerk will act as Clerk.


Scrutiny Report No. 3 of 1999 and Statement

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I present Scrutiny Report No. 3 of 1999 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety performing the duties of a scrutiny of Bills and subordinate legislation committee. I ask for leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, Scrutiny Report No. 3 of 1999 contains the committee's comments on four Bills, 31 pieces of subordinate legislation and one government response. I commend the report to the Assembly.


Debate resumed from 11 March 1999, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORBELL (10.32): Mr Speaker, the Labor Party will be supporting this Bill. We understand that it is proposed to bring the ACT into line with other jurisdictions around Australia in relation to banning the feeding of mammalian products to ruminants. Clearly, the issue of the transmission of BSE, or "mad cow" disease, in stock and the potential for a variant form of CJD, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, to affect humans is a serious one. We understand that the Bill provides for the banning of the process of feeding mammalian products to ruminants, although it is not a process or a practice that takes place in the Territory. However, to be consistent with national guidelines and to be consistent with other jurisdictions, it is appropriate that the Assembly pass this Bill.

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