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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 795..

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

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

Speech timing clocks

Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Members may not have noticed the changed arrangements which appear on my desk in relation to speech timing. Unfortunately, we have still not been able to get to the bottom of the problem with the installed speech timing arrangements. There is some possibility that the system might have been affected by some of the building work that had to be carried on in the break because of the water damage that we suffered, but we will have to work our way through that. In the meantime, you should not be able to miss the device which appears on my desk. There is one on the Clerk's desk as well.

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, does that mean we can now go upstairs to the video referee and get a further ruling if we are not sure about what you are saying?

MR SPEAKER: I am afraid not.


The following petitions were lodged for presentation.

Animal welfare

By Dr Foskey, from 265 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory.

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that each year, 250,000 hens are kept in battery cages in the A.C.T. These hens live in less space than this piece of A4 paper. They cannot spread their wings and the end of their beak is cut off.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to effectively ban the use of battery cages in egg production in the A.C.T.

Tharwa bridge

By Mr Pratt, from 1,909 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

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