Cat Bill 2011

Extract from Hansard
[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 19 October 2011]
Hon Ed Dermer; Hon Robyn McSweeney; Hon Jon Ford; Hon Lynn MacLaren



Resumed from 18 October. The Deputy Chairman of Committees (Hon Brian Ellis) in the chair; Hon Robyn
McSweeney (Minister for Child Protection) in charge of the bill.

Clause 79: Local laws —

Hon LYNN MacLAREN: I just want some clarification about “Division 2 — Local laws”, and in particular
clause 79(3)(g), which states that a local law may be made —

requiring that in specified areas a portion of the premises on which a cat is kept must be enclosed in a
manner capable of confining cats;

My interest in this relates to the ability to contain cats at certain times and in certain places. If the minister could
explain the purpose of that clause, it might assist me in determining the powers that are available under local
laws. I brought this up earlier in my briefing; therefore, I hope that the minister is able to address this query with
a broadbrush approach; if not, I can be more specific.

Hon ROBYN McSWEENEY: The bill just states that these laws can be made by local governments. Having
been in local government before I came into Parliament, I know that many, many local laws are made. Those
powers are there now. Local governments can make laws banning cats. They can develop new estates and say
that there will be no cats on those estates from this day forward, and, if they want to, they can make laws that
confine cats. No local government has done that, but local governments have the authority to make local by-laws
if they choose to do so.

Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich: Under what circumstances might this be applied?

Hon ROBYN McSWEENEY: Take Kalamunda, for instance. If it was near a national park and the local
government did not want cats near a national park, it could make that law, which I think I made clear in my
second reading sum-up.

Hon LYNN MacLAREN: That goes part of the way to addressing my concern. I am also wondering whether
that clause can be used to specify a period in which cats should be confined.

Hon ROBYN McSWEENEY: The local government could use it as a curfew if it chose to do so.

Clause put and passed.

Clauses 80 to 86 put and passed.

Title put and passed.

Bill reported, with amendments.