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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (19 February) . . Page.. 309 ..

Tuesday, 19 February 2002

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation.

St John Vianney Primary School-pedestrian crossing

By Mrs Cross , from 169 residents:

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:

The urgent need for a pedestrian crossing to be constructed outside the St John Vianney Primary School in Waramanga on Namatjira Drive. The large amount of traffic during school times makes this area extremely dangerous for the children and others wishing to cross the main road and we the undersigned believe there is concern that if nothing is done then a fatality could occur.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Instruct the Government to construct a pedestrian crossing that will insure the safety of school children and others as they cross Namatjira Drive in front of the St John Vianney School.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.


MR SPEAKER: Members, as foreshadowed in my letter of 21 January 2002 to all members, I propose to make a statement to the Assembly concerning the privileges of the Assembly. The matter relates to certain orders made by the Supreme Court concerning the tabling of the report of the board of inquiry into disability services.

In early January I was advised that an order had been made by Justice Crispin in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory on 24 December 2001 restraining the Chief Minister from presenting certain documents to the Assembly. The order of the court was to the effect that, pending certain proceedings, the Chief Minister be restrained from laying the report into disability services, a copy of that report or any part thereof before the Legislative Assembly, or otherwise a copy of that report or any part of that report to the public.

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