Page 5271 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Proposed new clauses 17A to 17E.
MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (4.15): I move amendment No 19 circulated in my name, which inserts new clauses 17A to 17E [see schedule 1 at page 5349]. This clause inserts a unique identification number for a microchip into sections 5 and 6, as tag registration is no longer required under this act and microchip will be the only form of required registration.
Amendment agreed to.
Proposed new clauses 17A to 17E agreed to.
MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (4.16): I move amendment No 20 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 5350]. This amends the table of items in schedule 1 in relation to reviewable decisions.
MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (4.16): The Greens support this on the grounds that the amendments to the Domestic Animals Act may increase the number of dogs destroyed or issued with control orders. We will have to wait and see, obviously, over the course of the operations how significant this increase is. It may not be particularly large, but, given that destroying a dog or issuing a control order are both serious sanctions, it is right that both are appealable by the keeper of the dog, through appropriate channels.
Amendment agreed to.
Clause 18, as amended, agreed to.
Title agreed to.
MADAM SPEAKER: The question now is that the bill, as amended, be agreed to.
MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (4.18), by leave: I think the passage of this legislation is a good step forward for the ACT. Whilst there are obviously many points of disagreement with the government, it is substantially a good bill that has been put forward today. I once again thank Mr Doszpot and his staff, and also David and Ausilia in my office, for the work that they have done.
I also want to apologise if I was incorrect in saying that there were broad powers with regard to the registration or licensing. I thought there were legislative, administrative or executive powers that could cover that, but if I am wrong, as I said, I am sorry.