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commercial interests of paintball operators and recognises the growing popularity and development of the sport of paintball in Australia. This change to the participation age for paintball will bring the ACT into line with the provisions in New South Wales.
Amendment agreed to.
Clause 8, as amended, agreed to.
Clauses 9 to 23, by leave, taken together and agreed to.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (6.15): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 3 and 4 circulated in my name together.
MR CORBELL: I move amendments Nos 3 and 4 circulated in my name together [see schedule 3 at page 2787].
These are transitional provisions dealing with the changed reference to the Children and Young People Act 1999. The dictionary will provide for definitions of “responsible person” and “parental responsibility”.
Amendments agreed to.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (6.16): I move amendment No 5 circulated in my name [see schedule 3 at page 2788].
At present a person between the ages of 12 and 18 is able to obtain a minors firearms permit. In modernising and simplifying the licensing, the bill applies the same licensing requirements imposed on adult firearms licences to minors firearms licences. Where a minors firearms licence departs from an adult firearms licence is in respect of the categories of firearms licence a minor can hold and their genuine reasons to possess or use firearms. Currently, a young person is limited to holding a firearms licence for the purpose of firearms training and target pistol training.
Although all Australian jurisdictions limit the possession of firearms to people over 12 years of age, the basis on which young people between 12 and 18 are able to obtain authority to possess or use a firearm is left to individual states and territories to determine. Although Canberra is often referred to as a city state, it must be remembered that the ACT has a small but very significant rural community. This importance in terms of firearms policy is underscored by the fact that the ACT Rural Landholders Association is represented on the ACT Firearms Consultative Committee. Of the approximately 5,000 adult firearms licences, 108 are registered with the genuine reason of primary production. These licensees use their firearms in their business as primary producers to manage the everyday tasks involving the protection