Page 3746 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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I would again like to acknowledge my late colleague Mr Doszpot for his relentless role at holding the government to account on improved dog legislation. I acknowledge Mr Coe, who took up the baton after Steve’s death. Today, with the support of my colleagues, I would like to commend this exposure draft of the Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 to the Assembly. I encourage wide public debate and public submissions with a view to making Canberra a safer city for all of our people and all of our pets.

Mr Steel: Point of order, Madam Speaker. I seek your guidance in relation to standing order 52. The last two speakers in the Assembly have spent a great deal of time reflecting upon votes of the Assembly. I ask for your guidance in relation to that.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Steel. I am aware of the standing order. For members’ interest, it says:

A Member may not reflect adversely upon any vote of the Assembly, except upon a motion that the vote be rescinded. 

There is no point of order. I think there is a lot of debate in this place that does reflect on people’s behaviours and actions—those in the chamber and those out of the chamber—but it is also always useful to be reminded of the standing orders; so thank you, Mr Steel.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, there is no need for those types of interjections.

Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Bill 2018

Exposure draft

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.26), by leave: I present the following papers:

Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018—Exposure draft—

Exposure draft.

Draft explanatory statement.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR PETTERSSON: This bill will amend the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 and the Criminal Code 2002, with the effect of legalising cannabis for personal use. The bill will allow individual possession of up to 50 grams of cannabis and will also allow for the cultivation of up to four cannabis plants. It is time for a sensible approach to drug policy in this country and right here in the ACT.

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