Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4049..
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 petition has been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Stefaniak, from 58 residents, requesting that the Assembly consider the issue of free syringes to diabetics.
The terms of this petition will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
The petition read as follows:
To the Speaker and Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly:
This petition from students and staff at St Vincent's Primary School Aranda has been prepared to let the Members of the Assembly know of our concerns that while drug addicts can get syringes free, diabetics have to pay for their syringes, and diabetics don't choose to be diabetics.
Your petitioners therefore request that the Assembly consider and debate this problem and arrange for diabetics to be given syringes free of charge.
Motion (by Mr Humphries ) agreed to:
That leave of absence from 10 December 1999 to 15 February 2000 inclusive be given to all Members.