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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4145 ..

Thursday, 27 November 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 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 Mr Gentleman, from 523 residents:

Roads—Allara Street—petition No 19-14

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 the urgent need for re-assessment of a current plan by the Major Capital Works section of the Directorate of Territory & Municipal Services, Roads ACT, to advance the construction of a one-way connection of Parkes Way to Allara Street.

We, the undersigned residents of Canberra, respectfully submit that this proposal would create enormous access problems for the very many citizens who use the Canberra Olympic Pool and gymnasium, the residents and employees of Allara Street and those who wish to access the lake and Commonwealth Park.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to put on hold and to fully re-evaluate this proposal in the context of the Government’s wider vision for Canberra, including the aims for public transport, tourism, safety health and lifestyle issues.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Education—early childhood

Statement by minister

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Minister for Women and Minister for the Arts) (10.02), by leave: In August this year the Assembly unanimously passed a motion supporting the continuation of the national partnership on universal access to early childhood education. At that time, the Assembly asked that I seek assurances from the Australian government that it would continue this program and asked that I update the Assembly on the progress of negotiations for the continuation of this partnership. I am now able to report back to the Assembly on the future of the national partnership agreement on universal access to early childhood education following recent advice from the Australian government.

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