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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5059..


Wednesday, 10 December 2003

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petition

Motor vehicle parking arrangements

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Cornwell, from 14 residents:

To the Speaker and the 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 the motor vehicle parking arrangement at the Platypus (Ngunnawal) Shopping Centre is in need of an urgent upgrade. This is due to the lack of adequate parking for vehicles that park at this centre; thereby affecting both customers and merchants. There is also a need for the installation of a mail (post) box at this shopping centre.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to call on the Minister for Urban Services to take all the necessary steps to have the motor vehicle parking arrangement expanded. Also requests the Minister to make representations to Australia Post to have a mail (post) box installed at the Platypus (Ngunnawal) Shopping Centre.

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

Discrimination (Genetic Status) Amendment Bill 2003

Mrs Cross, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by clerk.

MRS CROSS (10.34): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, today I am tabling a bill which, if passed next year, will provide protection for the members of the Canberra community against discrimination they are otherwise powerless to control. I encourage Assembly members to look at the bill carefully and consider the important issues surrounding genetic information. We do need to be aware of the possible use and misuse of this information in our society.


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