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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2600 ..



Pistol club membership is becoming quite stringent now, and that will make it more difficult. It won't stop it altogether, if such events should occur, but it does make it hard.

This is a reasonable package. By all means explore the future, but this needs to be explored very carefully with all those involved, and I would not want to raise it off the floor here today.


(4.56): I want to briefly respond to some points that were made and to thank those members who are supporting my amendment. It looks like this amendment will go down, so I won't move my second amendment.

The technical nature of the industry and the number of products that are on the market make it difficult to know where to draw the line. The lack of information coming out of the federal government and the ACT government has meant that gun owners-licensed shooters-have been left a little in the dark. This is why other states have deferred the commencement of their buy-back. The amendment I am moving will allow the minister to fix the gaps.

No, my list is not 100 per cent comprehensive. It does not include all of the guns that have no sporting use and hence should be removed from the community-neither do the definitions in this legislation. This is about trying to close the gaps and get as many of these guns out of our community as possible. The list that I tabled was a guide that, if this amendment got through, the minister could use as a starting point to further explore what other guns are going to fall through the cracks and still be out there in the community for no legitimate reason.

But if the minister is 100 per cent sure he has got it right, then so be it. I am disappointed by that; his commitment to following other states' regulations means that he is turning down this opportunity to make the ACT law better.

Amendment negatived.

Clause 5 agreed to.

Clauses 6 to 21, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 22.

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Arts and Heritage and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.59): I seek leave to move amendments 1 and 2 circulated in my name together and circulate the explanatory memorandum to that, which has already been distributed.

Leave granted.


: I move amendments 1 and 2 circulated in my name together [see schedule 3 at page 2668]. The reason for these has been elaborated on in my speech.

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