Thursday 25 November 2010
Hansard of the Legislative Council
LITTER AMENDMENT BILL 2010 (No. 49)
Clause 33 -
Mr FINCH - This clause inserts a new section 50A in the act.
Where a voluntary, not-for-profit or charitable organisation
provides and manages a parade through a built-up area which
has the potential for spectators and participants to drop
litter, does that organisation have to apply under section
50A for an exemption? If so, why should that organisation
have to pay an up-front fee of 80 fee units? I suppose members
here would understand that local councils are always seeking
the help of organisations to provide free entertainment et
cetera for citizens, so why should an up-front or other fee
have to be paid? I think it is a further disincentive for
organisations to give their time and effort to provide entertainment.
There is no provision that I can see for a refund of the fee.
I think there ought to be no up-front fee or there should
be provision for the fee to be refunded on the granting of
the permit, and the former is preferable because the latter
means that the organisation has to find the fee first.
Mr Parkinson - It is a fee of 80 fee units or another fee
as prescribed by regulation, so you can have lower fees prescribed
Mr FINCH- Yes, but I am still suggesting that an organisation
having to find the fee first up and then it not being refunded
I think is going to be a disincentive to organisations. The
amount of the fee unit will increase periodically, so I just
pose that question.
Mr PARKINSON - Madam Chair, as my advisers point out, organisations
do not have to litter and of course they do not have to apply
for exemptions if they are not going to litter. It may be
that there is a function on that they want to release 1 000
balloons into the air or something. That, under the act, would
be illegal, so they need to apply for an exemption. Obviously
the act is there as a disincentive for everybody, including
organisations, against littering. So if you want to litter
you have to pay a fee.
Clause 33 agreed to.