Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 9 Hansard (4 September) . . Page.. 2874..
The Clerk: The following petition has been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Moore, from 11 residents, requesting that the Assembly pass a Bill allowing for a Territory-wide referendum on the matter of legalising strictly and properly regulated voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill.
The terms of this petition will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
The petition read as follows:
To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:
The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory respectfully draws the attention of the House to the issue of legalising voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill.
Your petitioners request the Assembly to pass a Bill allowing for a Territory-wide Referendum on the matter of legalising strictly and properly regulated voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill.
MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (10.33): Mr Speaker, I present the Magistrates Court (Civil Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 1997, together with its explanatory memorandum.
Title read by Clerk.
MR HUMPHRIES: I move:
That this Bill be agreed to in principle.
The Bill was developed following community consultation on the Small Claims Tribunal Bill exposure draft, which was tabled for community consultation in 1996. That Bill proposed the establishment of a smalls claims tribunal. The consultation comments that were received prompted reconsideration of the proposal to create a separate tribunal in stand-alone legislation.