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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 4107..


Petition

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Berry, from 267 residents:

Schools—closures

TO THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the proposals in the ACT government's Towards 2020 document would result in:

    • The suburbs of Spence, Melba and Flynn not having a primary school, and
    • The ending of the opportunity for students in Spence and Melba to undertake their pre-school, primary, secondary and college education which are located all in the same suburb
    • Increasing inequity and lack of choice in accessible schooling for primary aged students and their families in our suburbs.

The below signed petitions object to the government's proposal to close The Mount Rogers Community School and therefore request the Assembly to undertake measures which would avoid the above outcomes.

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.

Emergencies Amendment Bill 2006 (No 2)

Mr Pratt, pursuant to notice, presented the bill.

Title read by Clerk.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (5.04): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, today I have tabled the Emergencies Amendment Bill 2006 (No 2), the aim of which is to provide a clear-cut instrument that presents a strategic bushfire management plan and its attendant bushfire operational plans with true authority and clarity of purpose relative to bushfire prevention, bushfire emergency response, responsibilities and tasks.

The Emergencies Act needs to ensure that the SBMP incorporates all of the necessary elements. The problem as I see it with the Emergencies Act and the current version of the strategic bushfire management plan is that it does not provide the commissioner and his fire chief officers with the authority to make quick decisions for both laying down fuel hazard reduction targets and intervening to direct land managers to fix unmet targets or to fix the problems themselves.


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