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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 593 ..

Wednesday, 6 March 2002

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am 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, by Mr Stefaniak , from 191 residents.

Toilet facility at Cook shops

To the Speaker and members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The petition of certain residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly: that the owners/lessees of the Cook shops request the urgent construction of a public toilet facility in the Cook shops' garden/parking area as there is currently no public toilet facility within several kilometers, except at Jamison Centre which is approximately 2 kms distance from Cook shops.

Your petitioners thereofre request the Assembly to support the urgent construction of a toilet facility at the Cook shops, Cook.

The Deputy 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.

Police investigation

MR SPEAKER: I wish to inform members concerning the letter that I wrote to all members this morning.

As indicated in the letter, certain actions have been taken following the receipt of information by the Clerk on Wednesday, 27 February. Arising out of a complaint, subsequent investigations and consultation with me, a matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police by the Clerk.

A police investigation was commenced and is still in progress. Two search warrants were executed this morning within the Assembly building. The matters relate to computer security.

As stated in my letter, I can assure members that the Australian Federal Police are aware of the situation in regard to the privileges and immunities that this Assembly and its members enjoy. Suitable arrangements have been put in place in relation to police access to this building.

I may be making a further statement on this issue at a later stage.

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