Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (21 May) . . Page.. 447 ..
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Clerk: The following petitions have been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Hird and Ms Tucker, from 17 and 48 residents respectively, requesting that the Assembly retain the 1992 legislation which bans circuses using exotic animals from performing within the ACT.
The terms of these petitions will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
The petitions 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 we are totally opposed to the use of wild animals in circuses. We wish to see an end to this unnecessary suffering and therefore will not visit any circus which includes wild animal acts in its programmes.
Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: retain the 1992 legislation which bans circuses using exotic animals from performing within the ACT.