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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 8 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2175 ..

Tuesday, 25 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 Tucker , from 31 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 the attention of the Legislative Assembly to the presence of these disqualifications for a Canberra City library in Civic Square planned for December 2003:

Greater incursion into the public space of Civic Square;

Unsuitable co-location of public information resources within an area better suited to the performing arts, museum displays and political discourse;

Greater distance to public transport;

Less pedestrian access, and

Absence of any democratic discussion with library users about alternative sites.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to call on the ACT Government to delay funding and building a library within the Civic Square development until other locations (such as the proposed Griffin Cultural Centre) are fully and democratically examined.

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.

Suspension of standing orders

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent:

(a) any business before the Assembly at 3.00 p.m. this day being interrupted to allow the Treasurer to be called on forthwith to present the Appropriation Bill 2002-2003 and the Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2002;

(b) (i) questions without notice concluding at the time of interruption; or

(ii) debate on any motion before the Assembly at the time of interruption being adjourned until the question - "That debate on the Appropriation Bill 2002-2003 be adjourned and the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for the next sitting" is agreed;

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