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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 12 Hansard (12 November) . . Page.. 3475 ..

MR WOOD (continuing):

discussions with other members, agreed to make these declarations disallowable. There is no problem, I believe, in doing that.

Members speaking today have raised other issues; in particular, that of the exercise of power to gain entry by consent. I note what the scrutiny of bills committee has said, but that can be said of many other pieces of legislation, too. This matter will be taken on board by the Attorney-General for consideration in the context of the government's overall policy on inspector powers.

The final issue raised by the committee related to clauses 17 and 44, which limit the right of people affected by quarantine declarations and associated orders to seek redress in the courts. In the event of a plant disease or pest outbreak, a rapid and effective response is essential to control the spread of diseases and pests. The quarantine must be imposed immediately. These provisions are really fundamental to the effective operation of the bill in an outbreak of a plant or pest disease. We do not take lightly the decision to put these things in legislation, but, in the likely circumstances, it is very important to do so.

Mr Speaker, I believe that the bill is a reasonable approach to the measures. I thank members for their support and I will get on to the amendments in the detail stage.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR WOOD (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services) (5.43): I seek leave to move together amendments Nos 1 to 4 circulated in my name.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: I move amendments Nos 1 to 4 [see schedule 3 at page 3486].

Amendments agreed to.

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

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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