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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 20 March 2014) . . Page.. 684 ..


children and their children expect us to act. This is not a risk and a problem that we can outsource to future generations. Our obligations are real and they are here in the present. We do not subscribe to the morally impoverished position that doing the right thing is predicated on others setting us a good example. We set a good example. We demonstrate leadership—practical, meaningful, achievable, affordable leadership that makes a real difference for our city.

With this bill, the Assembly will enable the territory to build on its national and international reputation for renewable energy research and innovation. It will allow our economy to share in what is a global market worth over $7 trillion in renewable energy investment over the next 20 years. It will allow us to say to future generations that we took the right steps to create a more sustainable future for everyone. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question put:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2013

Debate resumed from 28 November 2013, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (5.39): I can outline at the outset that we certainly will not be opposing this bill, but we do have a number of concerns in regard to the technical aspects of the legislation, which I will go through shortly. Let me first summarise the matters that this bill seeks to address. In an overall sense, its purpose is to broaden the legal recognition of sex and gender diversity. Primarily it will allow a third gender marker or X to be used in the births register and, therefore, on birth certificates to identify people who consider they hold intersex status.


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