Page 1084 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 21 March 2012

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Ayes 6

Noes 11

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Doszpot

Dr Bourke

Ms Hunter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the negative.

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (6.10): I thank members for their contribution to this debate. It is an important matter, as members have agreed. The recent break-in, which is obviously, as I said, deplorable, has given, though, an opportunity for us to open up negotiations with Pace eggs. We all know the history: the offer that was made in the past and sadly refused, and, of course, in the past, the government has moved to legislate through amendments to the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the production and sale of eggs using the battery cage system. Unfortunately, as we also know, a national agreement was required under the mutual recognition act and this was not forthcoming.

We also know that the offer by this government to assist Parkwood with conversion was not accepted, as I said before. Therefore, I think it is the right time for us to work with Parkwood Farms to convert and report back to the Assembly in the May sittings on those negotiations. I am pleased with the minister’s response. It certainly gives me hope that the work he describes will have a very positive outcome and will result in the conversion of the facility and the maintenance of important jobs at Parkwood.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (6.11): I rise briefly to talk about BarCamp, a wonderful event which I had the privilege of attending at the weekend. BarCamp, for those of you who are not aware of it, is a participant-run conference-convention about all things computing and geek related—so it was really great to have a chance to exercise my inner geek again. It is one of the things that I miss in this environment; it is all a bit paper based and verbal for me sometimes.

There were probably a couple of hundred people there. Many of them were connected to the ANU. It was held at the ANU, at the school of business and economics. There was a series of 20-minute sessions on topics which were all related in some way to computing. It was organised by having lecture theatres and post-it notes. You wrote

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