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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (23 February) . . Page.. 720..


Petition

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Ms Bresnan, from 19 residents:

Lanyon Valley—library

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: People living in Lanyon and the surrounding suburbs only have limited access to a mobile library and the library in the Tuggeranong Town Centre. A library in Lanyon would provide an important service and resource for the community, including older people and families in the area, particularly for outer suburbs such as Conder, Banks, Gordon, Theodore and Calwell, and also for Tharwa.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: Provide for establishment of a library in the Lanyon Valley.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Report 9

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.15): Pursuant to the order of the Assembly of 28 October 2010, as amended on 6 December 2011, I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 9—Inquiry into the Prostitution Act 1992, dated February 2012, including dissenting comments (Mrs Dunne), together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The Prostitution Act 1992 has been in operation, of course, since 1992. It is 20 years this year since it came into operation. Through a series of events that came to a head in 2008, with the death of an underage woman in a local brothel, the Assembly eventually decided that it was an appropriate time to review the operation of the Prostitution Act. I need to put it on the record that this was a very difficult report in many ways. I need to make it perfectly clear that, while I dissent from a substantial amount of this report, it is still my job as the chairman to table it according to the standing orders. What I will do in my remarks is address those issues where there is commonality of view and then I will dwell for a little time on my dissenting comments.


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