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proceedings and finishing the proceedings. Fred would go for about five or 10 minutes to start with, and he would finish with about five or 10 minutes. He would tell a lot of political anecdotes, using some of the great jokes and the great throw-away lines he used over his many decades of service to Australia and to the community. He radiated humour, warmth and humanity. I do not think that, with his sad passing, Speakers Corner in the park will ever be the same again. I was pleased to see - and I would indeed have expected it - that Fred was active in everything he did right up until the end. Canberra has lost a great friend and we have all lost a rare human being.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.


The Clerk: The following petitions have been lodged for presentation:

By Mr Humphries, from 313 residents, requesting that the Assembly legislate to ensure that the Internet cannot be used to transmit, to advertise as available for transmission or to possess indecent or obscene or otherwise objectionable material.

By Mr Osborne, from 70 residents, requesting that the Assembly reject the Bills to introduce euthanasia.

By Mr Kaine, two petitions of similar wording, from 266 residents, Mr Osborne, two petitions of similar wording, from 116 residents, and Mr Humphries and Mrs Carnell from 103 and 671 residents, respectively, requesting that the prayer be restored to the opening of the Assembly's sittings.

By Mr Stefaniak, from 71 residents, requesting that the Assembly legislate to ensure that penalties reflect the violence of the crimes.

The terms of these petitions will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.


The petition read as follows:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:

We, the undersigned, hold grave concerns regarding the dangers to children of the INTERNET Superhighway, with the potential to deprave and corrupt society if obscene and indecent material is allowed on computer services. We therefore request that the House will frame legislation to ENSURE THAT THE SYSTEM CANNOT BE USED TO:

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