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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 3137 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

The fact is that there are national road rules being developed. They are in draft form, and will be for probably at least another two years. The section that deals with small-wheeled toys, as they are called in that particular forum, so far only in draft form, has been left to local authorities to decide upon. So, it is probably not something that is going to be dealt with in the national road rules. We also have to deal with the fact that Mr Hird has proposed legislation to restrict the use of skateboards in the ACT. So, it is obviously quite appropriate that we continue to look at this matter.

I would like to take the opportunity to inform members of the Assembly that the committee will be holding a public inquiry on Friday at Lake Tuggeranong College. This hearing will give young people an opportunity for direct input into the inquiry and a chance to participate in one aspect of the parliamentary process, which is very important, because so often young people feel alienated from the processes of politics. We have already had some young people talk to us. They obviously felt very pleased that politicians were listening to their views on this issue which is very important to them.

Statement on Inquiry into School Without Walls

MS TUCKER: I seek leave to make a statement concerning the Social Policy Committee's inquiry into the proposed restructure of the School Without Walls.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: This inquiry has come about as a result of the Government's plan to refocus the School Without Walls and move it to Dickson, the community's response to that, and the fact that it links in quite clearly with our report on the prevention of violence in schools. I notice in the Government's response that, on two occasions, it actually refers to the refocusing of the School Without Walls as a good initiative of the Government. We would like to see, as a committee, exactly what this restructure is going to be and whether it meets the needs of alternative education in the ACT.

Statement on Section 2, Bruce

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make three statements on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, section 2 in Bruce is sometimes referred to as the Huntley estate. The Planning and Environment Committee is extremely concerned about developments affecting residents in Bruce, section 2. The developments have caused residents of Bruce, section 2, to contact planning authorities and MLAs to express frustration and bewilderment. The Planning and Environment Committee sought a briefing by officials on the development, and a briefing took place on 19 August 1996.

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