Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Hallmarking (Amendment) Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages
I thank the Senators for their contribution to the debate on the Hallmarking (Amendment) Bill 2016 and recognise their support for this measure. As I said, jewellery is an expensive commodity in the lives of consumers, and it is important that people be assured that they get what they pay for. This is an important Bill. It gives consumers the confidence they should have that what they purchase is genuine. I thank Members once again for their great co-operation and I look forward to getting the Bill enacted.
I compliment the Minister and her officials. This is very important legislation, not least because, as the Minister rightly said, it is about ensuring that people get what they pay for and that it is genuine. We have seen a growth in television programmes such as "Antiques Roadshow", and then we had the whole cash for sale issue. I commend the Minister. I said here a number of weeks ago that the Minister is doing a tremendous job. I encourage her with her officials to highlight the importance of this Bill for the ordinary citizen because, as she said, jewellery is expensive. Let me add that I do not have anything of high quality. It is important we highlight the importance of the Bill and what the Minister has done in it.
I echo Senator Buttimer's sentiments. The Minister seems to be the good news Minister at the moment, coming in here with gift vouchers and hallmarking. I was here for the Second Stage debate, during which we had some-----
The Minister is not delivering legislation on that matter. We had a short debate last week on Second Stage. I was in the Chair for that as well. We did not need too much debate today as there were no amendments to the Bill. Well done, Minister. I thank all the Members for their co-operation both last week and today.