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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 988..

MRS CROSS (continuing):

concern for the living. To me it is in stark and disturbing contradiction when certain people-not all-put on a sanctimonious front about some matter while at the same time engaging in a no-holds-barred, vicious, prolonged, slanderous and public attack on one of their fellows. It is a pity members of the community cannot see behind the pious facade that some present. If they could, they would be shocked.

I agree with Ms Tucker's comments about the Chief Minister's announcement today on the attempt to address the issue of penalties, which is long overdue. Although long overdue, the announcement was made today and the Chief Minister will now address the issue. I hope we will not have to wait any longer before this becomes law. The Chief Minister announced that the penalty for manslaughter with aggravated circumstances will be increased from 25 to 35 years. That is encouraging. This will send a very clear message to the community that we will not tolerate such behaviour towards any member of our community.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 6

Noes 11

Mrs Burke

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mr Cornwell

Mr Corbell

Mr Quinlan

Mrs Dunne

Mrs Cross

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Ms Dundas

Ms Tucker

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Mr Wood

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

Conder 4A land area

MR HARGREAVES (3.54): I move:

That the Assembly:

(1) notes the ten year moratorium on development on the area land in the suburb of Conder known as Conder 4A;

(2) congratulates the Conder Land Care Group on their work in the 4A area over the past two years that has resulted in the re-instatement of the wetlands near Tom Roberts Avenue; and

(3) welcomes the announcement by the Chief Minister and Minister for Environment that he will progress the inclusion of Conder 4A into the Canberra Nature Park.

This Assembly has taken an active interest in preserving the area known as Conder 4A as part of the Canberra Nature Park. I acknowledge the role of and strong action taken by Ms Tucker on behalf of Conder 4A. I will get into the history a little later on.

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