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Labor to Vote Down Cage Eggs Bill

by 5m Editor
15 September 2009, at 10:59am

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA - The ACT government has signalled that it will block a Greens bill banning cage egg production when the Legislative Assembly sits this week.

ABC News reports that the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government will not back the ban but will support a provision that will make retailers display cage eggs separately.

Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, says it does not make sense for the ACT to ban cage egg farms when they are still permitted in every other jurisdiction.

He says chickens would just be moved to New South Wales.

"To move unilaterally will achieve nothing on the ground," he said.

But Greens MLA, Caroline Le Couteur, says the ACT needs to show national leadership.

"Someone's got to do it first and it could be the ACT – it should be the ACT," she said.