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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 3149 ..


Blue Gum School

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Corbell, from 487 residents.

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly: that the ACT Education Minister plans to declare the O'Connell Centre, Griffith, (the former Griffith Infants School) surplus to educational requirements, BEFORE considering a request from the Blue Gum School (which becomes homeless at the end of the year) for a long-term lease of the site.

Your petitioners thereby request the Assembly to: support a motion that the O'Connell Centre, Griffith (the former Griffith Infants School) be retained as an education centre within the Education Portfolio; and that the ACT Education Minister offer the Blue Gum School a long-term lease of the site.

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 Report No 19 of 2002

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 19, dated 20 September 2002, together with a copy of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Scrutiny Report No 19 contains the committee's comments on eight bills, 86 pieces of subordinate legislation and two government responses. The report was tabled out of session. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Electoral Amendment Bill 2002 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 29 August 2002, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (10.39): The Liberal Party will be supporting this particular bill. It provides for the deferral until next year of the start of the next redistribution of the electoral boundaries under the Electoral Act 1999.

Normally, under the existing provisions, that redistribution would have to occur as soon as practicable in October 2002. At present, it would require the Electoral Commissioner to divide the ACT into the current electorates, one of seven members and two of five.

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