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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 Hansard (17 October) . . Page.. 3103..


Tuesday, 17 October 2006

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Legislative Assembly—webstreaming

Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Members, I remind you that commencing from today the Assembly debates and public committee hearings are being broadcast in real time via the internet. These trial broadcasts, which were endorsed by the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, will operate until April 2007. The objectives of the trial—and it is a modest one at this stage—are to evaluate the effectiveness of webstreaming to provide improved community and ACT government access to the work of the legislature and to test the technology solution that is being implemented. This, of course, is in addition to the broadcasting by 2XX of question time and the adjournment debate.

Petitions

The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Schools—closures

By Ms MacDonald, from 617 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition draws to the attention of the ACT Legislative Assembly that the residents of the ACT are strongly opposed to the ACT Government's proposal to close Chifley Pre-School.

Chifley Pre-School has been established for over 35 years and continues to significantly contribute to the ACT Community by providing quality early childhood education and a nurturing environment for children during the foundation year of their school careers.

Enrolment numbers for Chifley Pre-School are static and are consistent with the capacity of the pre-school. It is expected that the pre-school will remain viable beyond 2006 due to the significant suburban renewal in Chifley and surrounding suburbs. Many young families are continuing to establish their home in Chifley and look to the pre-school as a centrally located venue for pre-school, playgroup and church Sunday school.


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