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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (20 June) . . Page.. 1975..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

I understand that Mrs Carnell said yesterday on the media that, if the skate rink in Civic was not successful, then the Government would consider legislation. This is not just about Civic; this is about all areas. Where there are shops there are problems. We applaud the building of the skate rink in the city. That was actually one of the recommendations from the original inquiry. I am sure that that will be useful. But the point is that we are not talking about just Civic; we are talking about right across the urban area. It will be an opportunity for young people to come up with suggestions about their right to this form of transport. It is regarded as transport for some young people, not just recreation. We look forward to the inquiry, and we hope that there is a lot of interest in it.

DAYS OF MEETING

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (11.43): Mr Speaker, I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 23 November 1995 relating to the sitting pattern for 1996 be amended by omitting:

"November 12 13 14

26 27 28

"December 3 4 5"

and substituting

"November 19 20 21

December 3 4 5

10 11 12".

Mr Speaker, the motion that I have moved is a straightforward one concerning the last three sitting weeks of this calendar year. Instead of beginning the sittings on 12 November and ending on 5 December, it is proposed that we put those sittings back by one week and begin on 19 November and conclude on 12 December. Members will note that a period of approximately six weeks in September and October was put aside for the Estimates Committee of the Assembly to work through the budget without having sittings of the Assembly intervene. The observation was made that the first two of those six or so clear weeks coincided with the school holidays. So as not to inconvenience either members of the Assembly or members of the staff of the Assembly who have family commitments, it was decided to extend that period of six weeks to allow for extra time. I understand that this meets the requirements of other members of the Assembly. I commend the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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