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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 2161..


MS FOLLETT (continuing):

He demonstrated integrity of the highest order on every occasion. On a personal note, just talking to Peter McAulay about a problem engendered in you enormous confidence that he would be able to resolve it; that he would take it on and bring all of his abilities, all of his experience and his enormous sensitivity and compassion to bear and see the matter through. That is exactly what he did on every occasion.

It is particularly significant that upon his death enormous respect and affection were shown to Peter McAulay by police forces right around this country. They were all represented at his funeral. The real emotion that was there indicated to me that the police forces were not only losing a good colleague, a very respected and senior man, but also losing a real friend, somebody they personally looked up to and admired. That was certainly the feeling that I had about Peter McAulay as well. In fact, the Federal Justice Minister, Duncan Kerr, said, "We will all miss Peter's energy, drive and enthusiasm". It was very clear to me that, as his Minister, Duncan Kerr had also developed a great affection for Peter McAulay.

Mr Speaker, the Opposition wholeheartedly endorses the words of the motion of condolence, and we express our sincere sympathy to Peter McAulay's wife, Avril, and his two sons, Peter and Angus.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.

PETITION

The Clerk: The following petition has been lodged for presentation:

By Mr Hird, from 40 residents, requesting that the prayer be restored to the opening of the Assembly's sittings.

The terms of this petition will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.

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


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