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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (3 December) . . Page.. 4280 ..

2. caging for their entire lives in cages with sloping wire floors, where the only possible position of comfort is to roost on the bodies of other hens.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: abolish the battery cage system of egg production in the ACT.

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.


Debate resumed from 21 November 1996, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition) (10.33): Mr Berry adjourned this debate on Ms Follett's behalf and I am representing Ms Follett on this occasion. The Opposition will be supporting this Bill, which is to establish a stand-alone ACT Human Rights Office in place of the cooperative arrangement we have had with the Commonwealth since 1989. It is with some regret that we find ourselves in a situation where we have to go down this path, made necessary by the fact that the Commonwealth has withdrawn from the previous joint arrangement. The regret is heightened for members on this side of the house by the fact that the previous Federal Government, the Labor Government, sought to go down this path back in 1989, and it was only by a significant effort on the part of Ms Follett and others that we persuaded them to enter into this joint arrangement in 1989. It is a matter of regret that, having done that work back then, we now find that, in a piece of cost saving, the new Federal Liberal Government is walking away from this arrangement.

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