Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3727..
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
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.
The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Mulcahy, from 24 residents:
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:
There is Development Application to construct a fence around Griffith Oval (No 1), a public playing field.
Your petitions therefore request the Assembly to:
Disallow any planning application to fence in Griffith Oval (No 1)
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.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.33): I move:
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent orders of the day Nos 1 and 2 and notice No 6, Private Members' business, relating to the Criminal Code (Drug Equipment) Amendment Bill 2008, the Protection of Public Participation Bill 2008 and law reform in the area of abortion, being called on forthwith.
Mr Speaker, the government believes it is important that this last private members' business day of the Assembly be used to provide for serious debate on matters that are on the notice paper and ready for debate. It was very interesting that we saw this morning an attempt by the Liberal Party, in listing six new bills for debate, that had no prospect of being debated during the term of this Assembly.
Mr Smyth: You can't count.
MR CORBELL: I beg your pardon; it is five. What is more interesting, of course, is that the Liberal Party are not prepared to debate their own bills which they have now had on the notice paper for a significant period. Ten bills, introduced by members of