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Tuesday, 28 May 1991


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.


The Clerk: The following petition has been lodged for presentation, and a copy will be referred to the appropriate Minister:

Mental Health

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 under the current Mental Health Ordinance, there is insufficient provision concerning consent to undergo electric shock treatment. There is no guarantee that the recipient is honestly and adequately informed IN WRITING of the potential damage and risks attendant with electric shock treatment, including but not limited to brain damage caused by pin-point haemorrhaging, memory loss and confusion.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Amend the Mental Health Ordinance to ban electric shock treatment, therefore affording the people of the Australian Capital Territory the right to be free of inhumane treatment in the field of mental health.

By Dr Kinloch (from 1,755 citizens).

Petition received.

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