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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3822..


Griffith library

By Mr Pratt, from 90 residents:

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

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the imminent proposed closure of Griffith library on 1 December 2006 will have a detrimental effect on a large number of residents and the local community and will remove a fundamental and valued community service.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to act to ensure that the Griffith library remains open to serve the community as a vital and highly valued community service.

Griffith library

By Mr Pratt, from 721 residents:

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

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the decision to close Griffith library on 1 December 2006 has not been given due consideration and attention and has not involved a process of public consultation.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to delay the proposed closure of Griffith library to allow consultation and liaison with Government agencies, service providers and peak community and industry groups in a meaningful way.

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

Territory-Owned Corporations Amendment Bill 2006

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts) (10.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I am tabling the Territory-Owned Corporations Amendment Bill that provides for the removal of Rhodium Asset Solutions Ltd from schedule 1 of the Territory-Owned Corporations Act. I recently announced that the government intends to sell Rhodium. However, the government is unable to sell the shares whilst Rhodium is subject to the Territory-Owned Corporations Act. This is because the act stipulates that government ministers can only hold the voting shares.


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