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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 2882..


MR HANSON (continuing):

government know that this is the right thing to do. It is quite clear that, other than those, I guess, that will always have human rights objections to this, the vast bulk of the community want this to occur.

It now behoves the government to put their petty struggles behind them, to put the political point scoring behind them and to get on and enact this legislation and make sure that our police force, who are charged with the responsibility of keeping this community safe, are given the powers and the tools to do so. And you, Chief Minister, need to get out and make it very clear to the police in this community, and to the legislators, that you will now get behind this legislation, that you will now support the police and that you will make this happen. The community just simply will not tolerate any further delay, or any further political point scoring, that continues to put lives at risk on our roads.

Today has been a victory. But it is not a victory for the Liberal Party. It is not a victory for the Greens. It is a victory for the community. It is a victory for our police force, who are charged with the responsibility of keeping us safe. And it is a victory for people like Alison Ryan and everybody she represents who have lost a loved one because of an accident involving someone affected by drugs. That is a victory today and it is one for her and for those she represents.

Remainder of bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Litter (Shopping Trolleys) Amendment Bill 2010

Debate resumed from 24 February 2010, on motion by Ms Le Couteur:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (12.08): Mr Speaker—I am sorry, Mr Assistant Speaker.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): A matter of time, Chief Minister; a matter of time.

MR STANHOPE: Yes, thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker. Ms Le Couteur has proposed a bill to amend the Litter Act to create a regime for managing shopping trolleys that are left on public land in the ACT. The government agrees that abandoned shopping trolleys are a form of litter that is unsafe and unattractive and that they can damage the environment, pose a safety risk for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and, I am sure, aggravate and irritate all Canberra residents.

The government certainly agrees that something needs to be done to ensure that shopping trolleys do not continue to be abandoned in public places at the rate that they currently are—not only that they not be abandoned in public places, but that there be a


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