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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1799 ..

Tuesday, 4 June 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 MacDonald , from 1,406 residents.

Rugby world cup

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 Rugby World Cup 2003 will be hosted by Australia, the ACT Brumbies are Super 12 Champions and the only Australian team to have won a Super 12 tournament, Canberra rugby fans have the best record in Australia of selling out Super 12 fixtures, Canberra has already played host to international rugby and our sporting facilities are world class.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: lobby the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) to appoint Canberra a venue for a Wallaby game during the Rugby World Cup 2003, and take whatever actions are necessary to advance Canberra's chances of hosting a Wallaby game.

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 the Rt Hon. Sir John Gorton GCMG, AC, CH

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

That the Assembly expresses its deep regret at the death of the Right Honourable Sir John Grey Gorton GCMG AC CH, former Prime Minister of Australia 1968-71, former Minister for Defence, the Navy, Education and Science, Works, the Interior, Minister in Charge of Commonwealth Activities in Education and Research, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Minister Assisting the Minister for External Affairs, Leader of the Government in the Senate 1967-68; Member of the House of Representatives for Higgins and Senator for Victoria, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

Sir John Gorton died peacefully at 90 years of age on Friday, 19 May 2002 in Sydney. He was Prime Minister of Australia from January 1968 to March 1971.

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