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(Question No 2026)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 3 April 2008:

(1) In relation to granting authorisations to operate a paint pellet range in the Australian Capital Territory, specifically Notifiable Instrument NI2006-25 being the Firearms (Paint Pellet Range) Authorisation 2006 (No. 1) made under the Firearms Regulation 1997, subsection 46(1) (Paint Pellet Guns), how many businesses or individuals currently have authorisation under this notifiable instrument within the ACT;

(2) What names are these businesses or individuals operating under;

(3) How long have these businesses or individuals held this authorisation;

(4) Where are these businesses or individuals located;

(5) What criteria or conditions must be met before such authorisation is granted, and can the Minister detail the process of applying for authorisation, including any relationships that exist between the Australian Federal Police or the Department of Justice and Community Safety and other agencies or departments in assessing applications for Paintball authorisation;

(6) Under what circumstances would a Paintball operator’s authorisation be repealed by the Minister and has he or his department, including previous police ministers, made a determination to repeal a paintball operator’s authorisation; if so, what was the reason such determinations were made.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1 – 4) Two entities are currently authorised under instruments published on the ACT Legislation Register.

(5) The prerequisites for authorisation including the role of the Registrar of Firearms are set out in section 46 of the Regulation.

(6) As mentioned in section 46 of the Legislation Act 2001, the power to make an instrument includes power to amend or repeal it. I am not aware of any authorisation having been repealed otherwise than possibly as a result of the operation of Chapter 9 of the Legislation Act 2001 — Repeal and amendment of laws.

(Question No 2058)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 6 May 2008 (redirected to the Attorney-General):

(1) Has the ACT Government eroded the special protections afforded to children in the ACT, by removing their legally recognised status as being under a disability, under the Community Advocate Act, when this act was repealed and replaced with the Public Advocate Act 2006; if so, why;

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