Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 181..
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Clerk: The following petitions have been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Hird and Mr Stefaniak, two petitions of the same wording, from 886 residents and 647 residents, respectively, requesting that the Assembly regard the drug issue as a health issue and locate the proposed drug "shooting room" in a health centre/hospital environment and that the needle exchange room and drug referral centre be located in more appropriate locations.
The terms of these petitions will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
The petitions 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 that the retailers and customers/residents of Canberra are not in agreement with the proposed drug "shooting room" and the location of the needle exchange room and drug referral centre in Civic.
Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to regard the drug issue as a health issue and these premises should be located in a Health Centre/Hospital environment and request that these existing establishments be located to more appropriate locations.