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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 May 1995) . . Page.. 510 ..


Yarralumla Bus Shelter

The petition read as follows:

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

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly:

The Minister for Urban Services, and ACTION’s, broken promise to replace the heritage bus shelter in Schlich Street, Yarralumla, destroyed by fire in 1993.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Direct ACTION to work with the Yarralumla community to achieve a result concerning the bus shelter which is satisfactory to the community.

Petitions received.

DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER - SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS

MS TUCKER (10.31): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move a motion relating to the ministry.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: I move:

That, in recognition of the seriousness with which the community regards sexual harassment and to ensure the continued good standing of the Legislative Assembly, this Assembly urges the Chief Minister to stand her Deputy Chief Minister aside until the sexual harassment allegations concerning him are resolved.

Mr Speaker, I will preface my remarks on this motion by saying that the Greens have not made and will not make an assumption about the innocence or guilt of Mr De Domenico in this matter; nor do we wish to cause Mr De Domenico, his staff, his family or this Government any harm. However, we realise that by talking to this motion and by discussing it in the media we, like all who have become publicly involved in the issue, bear some responsibility. Perhaps the majority of this public debate would have been avoided if Mrs Carnell had waited until after the resolution of the matter with the Human Rights Office before appointing Mr De Domenico to his current positions.


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