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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 2411..


Tuesday, 22 August 2006

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, 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 Berry, from 17 residents:

Schools—closures

TO THE SPEAKER AND 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 Chief Minister announced on June 6 his government's plan to close Dickson College.

We the undersigned believe that this decision discriminates against the students of North Canberra by closing the only stand alone college in North Canberra.

We believe it is the responsibility of the ACT government to provide students of North Canberra with the same educational choices that are available to families elsewhere in the ACT by providing access to a locally based secondary college.

Your petitioners therefore request the members of the assembly to overturn this decision and keep Dickson College open.

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 30

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra—Leader of the Opposition) (10.32): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 30, dated 21 August 2006, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Scrutiny report 30 contains the committee's comments on two bills, 121 pieces of subordinate legislation, and two government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.


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