Page 1089 - Week 03 - Thursday, 26 February 2009

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MR STANHOPE: It is an extremely—

Mr Coe: You voted against it, but you are happy.

MR STANHOPE: Just in response to that—it is an extremely difficult precedent to establish. The government will now be using—

Mrs Dunne: It’s a standing order.

MR STANHOPE: It is, but there has been a standing convention in this place that private papers—papers provided—

Mr Seselja: In majority government there might have been.

MR STANHOPE: There is a standing convention that has been here from the day I arrived in this place that papers provided to ministers for their personal use are not—

Mr Smyth: It’s not true.

MR STANHOPE: It is true. But now that the precedent is established you can rely on the government utilising this particular provision perhaps on a daily basis. But I just wanted to make the point that, if I am asked any more questions in relation to Fairbairn Avenue today—can I get my one and only copy of the paper back?

Mr Smyth: You can ask for a copy back.

MR SPEAKER: I think that will be a practical pathway.

MR STANHOPE: Can you provide me with a copy so I can answer any further questions.

Pace Farm—battery hens

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and it concerns battery hens. Minister, in 2007 you opposed the Greens bill to ban the cruel practice of keeping chickens and battery hens. You promised instead to create real change by stimulating action at the national level. Can you please tell us what success your efforts at the national level had in banning battery hens?

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I will take the question on notice and provide information in due course.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question?

MS LE COUTEUR: Which I fear may also be taken on notice, but at the local level there was a model code of practice for the welfare of animals. Have you enforced that and ensured that Pace Farm is adhering to the new guidelines?

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