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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5207..


Thursday, 11 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.

Petitions

The following petitions were lodged for presentation.

Police numbers

by Mr Stefaniak, from 118 residents:

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 there is an urgent need to retain or transfer back, experienced community police officers to serve within the Australian Capital Territory. Also the current policing levels are under strength in relation to the National average by approximately 120 police officers.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to call on the Minister for Police to implement urgent programs to increase police numbers in the ACT and retain or transfer back, officers who have community policing experience, to serve within the Australian Capital Territory.

Sentencing Laws

by Mr Stefaniak, from 61 residents:

To the Speaker and the members of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory. The petition of certain members of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly community concerns about the weak and inadequate sentences handed down by our courts for serious crimes committed in the ACT (such as robbery, supplying drugs and crimes of violence).

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to take all necessary steps to bring ACT laws in line with sentencing laws and practices in New South Wales and call on our courts to impose stronger sentencing on persons convicted of serious offences in the ACT.

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


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