This week in Parliament: legislation on nuisance and litter control and dog and cat management

20 May 2016

This week in Parliament I had the opportunity to add my voice to a couple of important legislative changes.

This week in Parliament I had the opportunity to add my voice to a couple of important legislative changes.

Local Nuisance and Litter Control Bill

The first of these was the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Bill, a bill which has received bipartisan support and one which covers an area of concern to most South Australians. There is nothing that riles people in our community more than dumped rubbish, general nuisance in the community and particularly unsightly buildings. 

This is of particular interest to me as I recently launched an unsightly buildings campaign in response to the myriad of complaints I receive from local residents about particular problem sites.

While I support this legislation, I do have some concerns about its ability to improve council’s ability to force owners to clean up unsightly premises and, as such, I have written to the CEO’s of the City of Marion and the City of Holdfast Bay to seek their feedback in this regard.

You can read my speech on this bill here.

Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

I also contributed to the discussion on the Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, which was drafted in response to the recommendations of the Select Committee for Dogs and Cats as Companion Animals and broader community consultation.

I was pleased that this legislation was finally put before the Parliament as the committee reported their findings in July 2013 and I believe the community has been crying out for legislation to ensure animal welfare.

Among other things, this legislation makes it illegal to sell a car or dog that a person has bred unless that person is a registered breeder. This is a vital step in stamping out the existence of cat and puppy farms. 

You can read my speech on this bill here