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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 August 1981)

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Title

Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 August 1981)

Collection

Debates for 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983

Date

1981-08-19

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Debates

Publisher name

Northern Territory Legislative Assembly

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/220994

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/697218

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DEBATES - Wednesday 19 Augus __ t_l_9~8_l __________________________________________ __ in other states, that registration will carryover into the Northern ferritory. I have not been able to get a satisfactory explanation of clause 24. I asked the minister if he could give me an explanation. It states: 'Subject to section 23(4) and subsection (2), the production in any legal proceedings of a document purporting to be a report of analysis is,' - and these are the words that I queried - 'without proof of the signature of a person appearing to have signed it, evidence of the matters stated in that document'. I could not understand it. If I were a person who accepted things on blind faith, perhaps I could. I have been told in all sincerity, that it is copied from other states' legislation and, if there is no query in those states, there should not be any query in the Northern Territory. I still cannot understand it and I ask the minister to explain it to me. I wish to mention another point that relates to this legislation. Although the Northern Territory government will be accepting the registration standards of other states, that does not necessarily mean that those stock feeds are the best feed for the Territory. An example is the energy needs of laying fowls. People could legally buy laying pellets or laying mash from other states and feed it to hens, and the hens would lay eggs. What must be noted is that higher energy is needed by laying hens in the Northern Territory because they eat less as a result of the conditions up here. Therefore, to produce the same here, they need a higher energy food. Similar things would apply to other stock feed which is quite happily and legally registered in other states. It may be ideal for those states and there may be nothing wrong with it up here, but it may not, when fed to our animals, give the optimum results. In conclusion, this legislation is only the start of consideration of the composition of stock feeds. I can see the legislation changing with changing conditions as our production of grain products increases over the years. Possibly our standards of stock feed will change with it. Mrs LAWRIE (Nightcliff): Mr Speaker, it is with a great deal of pleasure that I rise to support this legislation. Honourable members are probably aware that, for the last 11 years I have been asking successive responsible persons for its introduction, particularly to control the use of antibiotics in stock food. I would like to express my gratitude for assistance given in the past by Barry Hart, who is well known to many of us and who was the Director of Animal Industry for some time, and also to the present officers of the Minister for Primary Production's staff who consulted with me on this legislation, with their minister's permission, for which I am very grateful. Mr Speaker, I will not go through the bill clause by clause because it is really quite a simple bill. It is well laid out and well able to be understood by any person with a basic grasp of English. There are a couple of things deserving mention. It is fine to set minimum standards of controls on the ingredients of stock foods. That may have to be policed. Unless the minister can assure us that we have an adequate number of personnel to take random samples of stock foods and to ensure that the industry becomes self-regulating because of the activities of his officers, the legislation, whilst it looks good, will have little other effect. I have been worried at the depletion in manpower numbers of some sections of the Department of Primary Production staff. I would hope with the added responsibilities now given to his officers to control the standard and variety of stock foods, adequate staffing will be available. Otherwise, it will be a pointless exercise. I was pleased to see that, when a person makes application for registration of stock food under clause 11, besides doing the normal things, it goes into the basics of what needs to be specified regarding the stock food: 1324


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