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This means that part 4 of the Stock Act is now only about ensuring the public’s safety when the stock is being moved on foot in areas accessible to the public. The government needs to be able to review the proposed movement and assess any risk to the public of the proposed movement.

The bill amends part 4 of the Stock Act to clarify that owners of stock must obtain a permit to travel stock when it involves driving the stock on foot in public areas such as along roads. This could be long-distance travel by stock walking from one area to another, roadside grazing for short periods of time or routine movements between two or more properties owned or occupied by the same person.

The Stock Act is also amended by the bill to remove the right of an owner of stock to issue a permit to travel stock. This requirement was needed historically so that people droving stock along a road could prove the stock had not been stolen. This is no longer necessary because the Animal Diseases Act 2005 includes schemes for the identification of stock and it is not appropriate for an owner to issue a permit when the risk associated with the movement of the stock needs to be assessed by the government for public safety reasons.

In finishing, I would like to point out that the bill contains two strict liability offences. These offences are already in the Stock Act and are only amended by the bill for technical reasons to remove the reference to an owner issuing a permit. There has been no change to the maximum penalty of 50 penalty units.

This bill is another example of the government keeping a close eye on the territory’s legislation and making sure it is as up-to-date as possible and works effectively, of course, to reduce red tape, allows the government to meets its obligations in a way that makes best use of resources, and continues to have animal welfare as a priority. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Lawder) adjourned to the next sitting.

Prostitution Amendment Bill 2018

Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (10.45): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Prostitution Amendment Bill 2018. This bill is the result of careful consideration, consultation and collaboration and makes a range of amendments to improve the operation of the Prostitution Act 1992.

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