Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 2790..
The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Wood , from 322 residents:
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 Health 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 will be contrary to:
the fundamental role of government, which is to protect the lives and promote the well-being 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.
Legal Affairs-Standing Committee
Scrutiny Report No 18 of 2002
MR STEFANIAK (10.34): I present the following report:
Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (incorporating the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 18 of 2002, dated 27 August 2002, together with a copy of the relevant minutes of proceedings.
I seek leave to move a motion authorising publication of the report.
MR STEFANIAK: I move:
That the report be authorised for publication.
Question resolved in the affirmative.