Page 4124 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 24 November 1993

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I present the supplementary explanatory memorandum.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Berry) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

National Road Transport Commission Report

MR CONNOLLY (Attorney-General, Minister for Housing and Community Services and Minister for Urban Services) (5.18): Members would have noticed the report tabled this afternoon by Mr Berry from the National Road Transport Commission, a body on which I am represented on the Ministerial Council. Somebody has gone to an enormous amount of bother in the map design to make Canberra disappear. It appears that the anti-Canberra paranoia, which sometimes we think we are paranoid in suspecting in other parts of Australia, has gone to extremes. I would like to read to members of the Assembly a letter I have dispatched to the chair of the National Road Transport Commission of today's date:

Dear Mr Hurlston

I am pleased to advise you that the National Road Transport Commission Annual Report 1992-1993 was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 24 November 1993.

I am less pleased to advise that it has been noted that someone went to a lot of trouble in the design of the Report to make Canberra disappear.

We who live in Canberra are rather proud of our city, and wonder why the National Capital has been reduced to a red dot between the Barton/Federal Highway junction and Queanbeyan.

I know that it is popular to describe the Federal Government and all its incarnations as "Canberra". Is it necessary to doctor a map to make this city disappear?

I will advise members of the response.

Question resolved in the affirmative

Assembly adjourned at 5.18 pm

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