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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 August 1995) . . Page.. 1189 ..


Legislative Assembly Prayer

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 our deep concern with the decision to abandon the formal prayer at the beginning of each sitting day of the Legislative Assembly. We believe this goes far beyond a well held practice in all other Parliaments in the Australian Commonwealth and was made without proper consideration of the opinions of the people of the Australian Capital Territory. We believe that no Party or individual has a mandate to endorse this decision.

We request that the formal prayer for God’s blessings on the Assembly be restored to its rightful place at the beginning of each sitting day.

Sentencing of Violent Criminals

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 sentencing of violent criminals. The sentences handed down to these criminals should reflect the serious nature of their crimes. Soft sentencing by judges should end so that there is fairness to the victims as well as the accused.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: legislate to ensure that penalties reflect the violence of the crimes.

Petitions received.


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