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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1185 ..

Tuesday, 7 May 2002

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, 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 Ms Tucker, from 200 residents.

Abortion legislation

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:

The Health Regulation (Maternal Health Information) Repeal Bill 2001 removes valuable statutory protection from women who are considering termination of pregnancy and those who have conscientious objection to participating in abortion procedures; and

the Crimes (Abolition of Offence of Abortion) Bill 2001 removes all legal protection from the unborn child before birth.

Passage of these Bills would be contrary to:

the fundamental role of government, which is to protect the lives and promote the well-being of all members of our community, particularly the most vulnerable; and

Australia's international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

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.

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee

Scrutiny Reports Nos 8 and 9 of 2002

MR STEFANIAK (10.32): Mr Speaker, I present the following reports:

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 8, dated 1 May 2002 and Scrutiny Report No 9, dated 7 May 2002, together with copies of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings and the original minutes of meetings Nos 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the publication of Scrutiny Report No 9.

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