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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 6 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1563..


Mr Wood (continuing):

Road Transport (General) Act-

Declarations that the road transport legislation does not apply to certain roads and road related areas 2002-

Disallowable Instrument DI2002-29 (LR, 24 April 2002)

Disallowable Instrument DI2002-39 (LR, 6 May 2002)

Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Regulations 2000-Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Guidelines 2002-Disallowable Instrument DI2002-28 (LR, 24 April 2002)

Drug usage by high school students

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received a letter from Mr Pratt proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The alarming increase in drug usage by high school students as reflected in the 1999 ACT Secondary Schools Alcohol and Drug Survey Report, released last week.

MR CORNWELL (3.43): I am quite happy to move this important matter of public importance, namely:

The alarming increase in drug usage by high school students as reflected in the 1999 ACT Secondary Schools Alcohol and Drug Survey Report, released last week.

MR SPEAKER: What are you moving?

MR CORNWELL: That is the motion, sir.

MR SPEAKER: That is the topic. Do you want to move something?

MR CORNWELL: No. I am speaking to the matter of public importance. I was just reading it out for the benefit of other members of the Assembly who may not have read it. I believe that this is an important matter. The matter has been raised in the media recently and obviously is of great concern. Earlier today we had comments about the ability and the advantages of paying principals a great deal more money than they are paid. I do not argue with school principals being paid more, but I simply highlight the problems they face-

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Cornwell, could you just resume your seat for a moment. I have just had it drawn to my attention that only the member who proposed the matter can open the discussion. House of Representatives Practice states:

The Member who proposes a matter for discussion must, under the standing orders, open the discussion in the House.

So I have to say that at this point discussion on the matter has concluded.

MR CORNWELL: I accept your ruling, Mr Speaker.


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