Page 1895 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 5 May 2009

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I understand that there are ongoing discussions, both internationally and here in Australia, about what might be required to be included in vendor certificates. These discussions have not yet been finalised and perhaps agreement will not be reached, but at least here in the ACT we will have a regulatory framework ready to go in case agreement can be reached. I support the inclusion within the regulation making powers for declarations to be considered relating to such farming management practices.

Finally, Mr Speaker, animal disease outbreaks cannot be trivialised. Any outbreak of a significant animal disease encountered in this country will affect us all. I support this bill.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.21 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Gaming—compliance audit

MR SESELJA: My question is to the minister for gaming. Minister, the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission has conducted a compliance audit program for 2008-09, paying particular attention to websites. Minister, what level of compliance did the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission find as a result of this audit?

MS GALLAGHER: I will have to take that question on notice and get back to the member.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Thanks, Mr Speaker. Minister, were there any high areas of non-compliance and, if so, what were the problem areas?

MS GALLAGHER: I will take that on notice as well.

ACT Insurance Authority—newsletters

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer in relation to the ACT Insurance Authority. In the statement of intent for the ACT Insurance Authority for 2008-09, it undertook to issue a regular newsletter to clients. However, its website indicates that no newsletters have been issued since 2006. Why isn’t the ACT Insurance Authority issuing regular newsletters to clients as promised in its statement of intent for 2008-09?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not have the detail of the answer to that question in front of me. Again, I am very happy to undertake to find out the reasons behind what happens with the newsletter—whether one is being done—and the issues raised by the member’s question. I just do not have that detail in front of me.

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