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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 3785..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

My bill does not affect those junk mail distributors and their employees who already act responsibly and heed the requests of householders who do not wish to receive such material. It will, however, put a stop to those businesses that think they can ignore "no junk mail" stickers when they are distributing advertising material.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting) Amendment Bill 2002

Mr Berry , pursuant to notice, presented the bill.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BERRY (10.47): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Over the last year I have examined issues around the broadcasting and reporting of the Assembly. This included issuing guidelines under the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting) Act 2001. I have also consulted with community media outlets in Canberra about access to relaying the proceedings of the Assembly. One community radio station has indicated an interest in broadcasting Assembly question time, and I am keen that this should occur.

We in the ACT Legislative Assembly are not always loved by the community we serve, but many do not understand the level and complexity of the work we do, so I see it as my role as Speaker to improve knowledge in the community about members and the work they do.

In examining the proposal, I have discovered a problem with the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting) Act 2001. The Assembly is unable to provide for access to recording and transmission services. To remedy this I am proposing a minor amendment to the act to facilitate the granting of access by the Speaker to the recording and transmission of Assembly proceedings. The direction to grant access is to be in writing and must be tabled in the Assembly. It is a disallowable instrument.

As I said, this is a simple bill which will help in the promotion of the Assembly to our constituents. I seek members' support for its passage.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stanhope ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Legislative Assembly Precincts Amendment Bill 2002

Mr Berry , pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BERRY (10.49): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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