Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 16 November 2010) . . Page.. 5445 ..
the people of the ACT. Indeed, I look forward to hearing a squeak out of the Leader of the Opposition in this place or any member of the Liberal Party in this place in relation to these issues. A tiny squeak of any sort in defence of the people of the ACT and of their rights would be welcome.
There is an interesting contrast between the very productive meeting I had with Senator Humphries on this issue and the pin-drop silence that has emanated from the opposition in this place in relation to this particular issue. I have spoken with Senator Humphries about his plans and the strategy he is developing in relation to these issues.
I spoke yesterday with Senator Brown. We had a very productive meeting around his stewardship and championing of these issues and his willingness to expand the extent of the influence and the leadership he has shown on our behalf in relation to the utterly grievous shortcomings within the self-government act.
Indeed, I have written to every single member of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Deputy Chief Minister has made contact with colleagues. I have spoken to colleagues within the federal parliament. I have made repeated public requests of, most particularly, the federal parliament to respect the rights of the people of Canberra to be treated fairly and equally, not to be treated as second-class citizens but to be treated as Australians equal with all other Australians. (Time expired.)
I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Mr Speaker presented the following papers:
Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General’s Reports Nos—
8/2010—Delivery of Mental Health Services to Older Persons, dated 29 October 2010.
9/2010—Follow-Up Audit—Courts Administration, dated 12 November 2010.
Standing order 191—Amendments to:
Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Bill 2010, dated 1 and 2 November 2010.
Liquor (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010, dated 1 and 2 November 2010.
ACT Legislative Assembly Secretariat—Annual Report 2009-2010—Erratum, dated 2 November 2010.
Papers and statement by minister
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following papers: