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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1677..


Thursday, 8 May 2003

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) 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.

Petition

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mrs Burke, from nine residents:

Fraser Court and environs

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly: the long-term disorder at Fraser Court and environs.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: call on the ACT Government to take urgent and vigilant action to quash the intolerable disorder at Fraser Court and environs.

The Clerk having announced the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Electoral Amendment Bill 2003

Mr Wood, on behalf of Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

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) (10.33): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The provisions in this bill are based on recommendations made by the ACT Electoral Commission in its report The 2001 ACT Legislative Assembly election: review of the Electoral Act 1992 tabled in the Assembly on 20 August 2002. This report examined the operation of the Electoral Act in relation to the conduct of the 2001 election.

The government supports all of the recommendations put forward by the ACT Electoral Commission in this report. The amendments to the Electoral Act proposed by the Electoral Commission and included in this bill largely involve fine-tuning of the act to clarify some procedures and remove some inconsistency.

The Electoral Commission tabled another report entitled The 2001 ACT Legislative Assembly election: electronic voting and counting system review on 27 June 2002. This report examined the successful introduction of computer voting and counting at the last election. The government supports the use of electronic voting and counting at future elections along the lines used at the 2001 election.


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