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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 6 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1519 ..

Tuesday, 14 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 Dundas, from 946 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 lack of a permanent building housing Public Library Facilities in West Belconnen and the urgent need for a permanent Community Library to be built in the Kippax Group Centre.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: call on the ACT Government to allow in the 2002-2003 Budget for a new Kippax District Library, including the allocation of suitable land, and professional architectural design.

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.

Death of Sir Leslie Melville KBE, CBE

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women): I move:

That this Assembly expresses its deep regret at the death of Sir Leslie Melville KBE, CBE who made a significant contribution to the development of central banking in Australia and played an integral role in shaping Australia through his place on numerous inquiries and arbitrations, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

Mr Speaker, it is with tremendous admiration and gratitude that I remember Sir Leslie Melville, a pioneer and nation builder. He died in Canberra on April 30, after reaching his 100th birthday. I believe it is fitting for this Assembly to acknowledge one of Australia's most eminent economists for his contribution to world economic affairs, central banking in Australia, education, and public policy making.

Sir Leslie Melville was born in 1902. He studied economics at Sydney University and in 1929, aged 27, went on to become the inaugural professor of economics at Adelaide University. Two years later, on the recommendation of the Bank of England's Sir Otto Neimeyer, he was appointed as chief economist at the Commonwealth Bank, a position he held until 1950.

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