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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1159 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

I do believe that we have made some very important steps in gun control; but I would have to remind members that, of the 18,000 guns in the ACT, only 3,600 will become illegal under this new legislation. I urge all members to give very serious consideration to taking the courageous step that it may be for some of you to make us the State which has shown great courage in getting the tightest and the best gun laws in this country, so that not just the tragedy at Port Arthur but the tragedy that occurs every day in Australia - that is, death by gun in homes and suicides - will be addressed at this time. This is a window of opportunity for all governments to take courageous and strong action. I will conclude on that note and once again express very deep sympathy to all people who were affected by the tragedy of Port Arthur.

MR SPEAKER: I ask all members to signify their approval of the motion by rising in their places and standing in silence for one minute.

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


The Clerk: The following petition has been lodged for presentation:

By Mr Hird, from 31 residents, requesting that the lease and development application for the community sporting facilities in McKellar be approved.

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

National Soccer Centre

The petition read as follows:

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

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the undersigned residents living in the Belconnen community totally support the proposed development and provision of much needed community sporting facilities by the Belconnen Soccer Club at the intersection of Owen Dixon and William Slim Drives in McKellar.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to approve the above lease and development application as soon as possible.

Petition received.

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