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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (4 September) . . Page.. 3006 ..

By Mr Berry (continuing):

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to require the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Urban Services, De De Domenico, to abide by his commitment by ensuring that the services to Kippax, and in particular the 409 Bus Route via Wirraway Crescent, are retained.

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 Parliament that: the undersigned residents living in the Belconnen area can identify huge benefits to our community from the proposed project to introduce much needed community, sporting and other amenities by the Belconnen Soccer Club. This project is to be located in McKellar at Section 71, bounded by William Slim Drive and Owen Dixon Drive.

Your petitioners therefore request urgent attention by the Assembly to approve this lease and development application.

Petitions received.


MR MOORE (10.32): Mr Speaker, I present the Electoral (Amendment) Bill (No. 2) 1996.

Title read by Clerk.

MR MOORE: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, this piece of legislation has two major impacts. First, it will change the first election after February 1998 to an October election, providing for a term of approximately 31/2 years for members of the Fourth Assembly. The first general election under the Act, if it is amended, will be held on 20 October in the year 2001. That will ensure that we have a much more logical time for elections. At the moment our elections are held in February. Consistent with the report of the Electoral Commissioner that was tabled by Mr Humphries in this place, it is appropriate that we change to October elections.

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