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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 3 Hansard (23 March) . . Page.. 660 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

I should note in passing, Mr Speaker, that the Bill does not include horses or pigs in terms of whether or not those products should be fed to ruminants. The advice I have received on that is that they themselves are not ruminants and therefore should not be included. The Labor Party will be supporting this legislation. It is simple and straightforward legislation, and it is important that we keep pace with moves in other jurisdictions as well as across Australia nationally.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (10.33), in reply: Mr Speaker, I have a small amendment that has been brought to my attention in the last few moments. Mr Corbell asked me earlier about pork and horse material. It appears that porcine, equine and macropod material cannot transfer the diseases that this Bill relates to. That is the reason why they are not included. The feed based on those three species does not carry any of the diseases that we are attempting to stop because it is going from mammals to ruminants. I thank the Labor Party for its support and I hope that that clarifies that for Mr Corbell. There is an amendment that I would seek to move.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail Stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (10.35): Mr Speaker, I move the amendment circulated in my name and I present the supplementary explanatory memorandum. The amendment reads:

Page 2, line 20, clause 5, proposed new subsection 36A(1), paragraph (e), definition of "mammalian material", omit "porcine or equine", substitute "porcine, equine or macropod".

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Debate resumed from 24 November 1998, on motion by Ms Carnell:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

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