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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 5 December 2007) . . Page.. 3915 ..

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Dr Foskey, from 1,103 residents:

Rivett school

To the Speaker and the 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 ACT government proposes selling the Rivett School to private interests in order that an aged residential facility is developed on the site.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Retain the school and develop it for use by the local community: maintain and upgrade the buildings for uses such as much needed indoor recreation, childcare, meeting rooms, offices for local business; preserve the grounds for non-sporting recreation and community uses such as community gardens, community festivals and events, cultural and artistic uses.

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.

Dr Foskey: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a very brief statement.

Leave not granted.

Government Transparency Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Withdrawal of bill

MR SPEAKER: On 13 November 2007, Mrs Dunne gave notice of a motion to present a bill for an act to improve transparency, accountability and good government practices and for related purposes. On 14 November 2007, Mrs Dunne presented a bill which had as its long title “A bill for an act to amend legislation to improve transparency and accountability in government for related purposes”. Standing order 169 requires that the title shall agree with the notice of presentation, which did not occur in relation to this bill. Standing order 170 requires that every bill not prepared in accordance with the standing orders shall be ordered to be withdrawn. Accordingly, I call on the member to move that the bill be withdrawn.

Motion (by Mrs Dunne) agreed to:

That the Government Transparency Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 be withdrawn.

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