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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3504 ..

Mr Moore: No, I have no problem about winter. It is not pulling it down in summer.

MR SPEAKER: Order! You have spoken.

Mr Moore: I was just interjecting. It is a normal healthy interjection, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, I know you were, and that is out of order, as you know.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I still have a sentimental attachment to the dome, even in summer.

As far as euthanasia is concerned, Mr Speaker, I do not know why we need euthanasia. I think if people wanted to come to the public gallery here, sit through an afternoon like this and pass away quietly on the red chairs, there would be no need whatsoever for euthanasia.

Mr Speaker, I am intrigued by Mr Osborne's suggestions about the sort of person we need to fill the bench in the Magistrates Court. I must admit I am attracted to the personality profile that Mr Osborne has described, but where can we find a person like that? I must write down a name.

Finally, Mr Speaker, I would like to read into Hansard a short letter that I received this week on a very important subject, and that is what to do about lawless youth in our public places. A kindly lady in O'Connor wrote to me and said this:

Dear Mr Humphries,

I am writing to ask you could bush dancing possibly be organised for especially the young people who gather in Garema Place for a Friday night. They look so miserable and longing for some fun.

Also perhaps on Saturday afternoons Afternoon Tea Dances in Garema Place - open air weather permitting. If you want me to organise it I'd be happy.

Mr Speaker, I think that we have here a perfect balance of stick and carrot. We should have on the one hand afternoon tea dances and bush dancing for our young people, and, for those who still will not obey the law, the hanging and the swinging from the tree for the vultures to get them. That would be the perfect balance, Mr Speaker, in my view.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 5.08 pm until Tuesday, 19 November 1996, at 10.30 am

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