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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 3 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 751 ..

Thursday, 28 March 1996


MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Statement by Member

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to present a petition which does not conform with the standing orders, as it does not address the Assembly nor does it contain a request, and leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I present an out-of-order petition from 185 residents of Watson, Downer and Hackett, stating:

I/we the undersigned have never/not yet given:

Julie Smith,

Mark Dunston,

Stan Cronin or

Lyn Davey

The right or permission to speak or take any political action on my/our behalf concerning the A.C.T. or the suburb of Watson, with particular reference to the Watson Community Association and the Northside Community Association.

Mr Speaker, these names are additional to those provided in a petition during the last sitting. That tabling aroused considerable interest inside and outside this Assembly. Contrary to assertions published in the Canberra Times, no other member of this Assembly was approached by the organisers of this petition and asked to table it. In the letter asking me to table the petition the organisers said:

The reason we are writing to you is that we want it known to the decision makers within our local Government that these people are not and do not represent the people of Watson. Nor do the general Watson residents seem to know who they are, except for what we read in the papers.

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