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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1382..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

That leave of absence for 6, 7 and 8 May 2003 be given to Mrs Dunne to attend, in her capacity as Shadow Minister for Transport, the 55th World Congress of the International Union of Public Transport.

Motion agreed to.

Legislation-discriminatory references

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Heritage and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.52): On behalf of Mr Stanhope, I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 28 August 2002 concerning the compilation of a report into discriminatory references in ACT legislation be amended by omitting "by 1 May 2003"and substituting "by 8 May 2003".

This is a simple matter. The motion seeks to put back by one week the date for the government to respond to an Assembly resolution calling for a report on issues around gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex persons. That resolution calls for a report to be lodged on or before 1 May 2003. That date was an arbitrary one, selected before the sitting pattern for this year was set.

My motion calls for the date to be set back one week to Thursday, 8 May, a sitting day. The ACT community sent in over 300 submissions in response to the issues paper Mr Stanhope released in December last year. The Department of Justice and Community Safety has collated and examined many of the submissions and has commenced work on the report for the Assembly. With some difficulty and at a cost, the original date could be met, but it would be preferable for the date to be set back by just one week.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.55 pm until Tuesday, 6 May 2003, at 10.30 am.


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