Page 2411 - Week 06 - Thursday, 10 May 2012

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Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Egg production

Statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation), by leave: I wish to provide the Assembly with a statement on the progress of negotiations with Parkwood farm to adopt alternative egg production methods. This statement arises from the resolution of the Assembly of 21 March 2012 that was moved by Ms Porter.

I can report that the Economic Development Directorate has commenced discussions with Pace Farm, the owner of the Parkwood farm, and that a range of options are under active consideration. The engagement to this point has been positive but it has highlighted that there are a number of large and complex decisions for Pace Farm, and I reasonably expect that negotiations will need to continue for some further time. I undertake to report back to the Assembly when a final decision is taken.

Sitting suspended from 4.50 to 7 pm.

Electoral Amendment Bill 2012

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed from 29 March 2012.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clauses 2 and 3, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 4.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (7.01): I move amendment No 1 on the white paper circulated in my name [see schedule 5 at page 2472].

This is a procedural amendment which addresses the inclusion in the Criminal Code of a range of offences in this legislation. The approach that the Canberra Liberals have taken—and we have had some discussions on this with the Greens—is that we believe that the penalties in this legislation should be onerous and large but we do not believe that they necessarily should be criminal penalties.

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