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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2495..


Wednesday, 21 August 2002

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petition

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Humphries , from 943 residents.

Abortion legislation

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory. The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

the Heath Regulation (Maternal Health Information) Repeal Bill 2001 removes valuable statutory protection from women who are considering termination of pregnancy and those who have conscientious objection to participating in abortion procedures, and

the Crimes (Abolition of Offence of Abortion) Bill 2001 removes all legal protection from the unborn child before birth.

Passage of these Bills would be contrary to:

the fundamental role of government, which is to protect the lives and promote the wellbeing of all members of our community, particularly the most vulnerable; and

Australia's international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to reject these Bills.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Inquiries Amendment Bill 2002 (No 2)

Ms Dundas, pursuant to notice, presented the bill.

Title read by Clerk.

MS DUNDAS (10.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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