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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3326 ..

Pass legislation allowing ALDI SUPERMARKET to build a supermarket next to Belconnen Markets.

Deakin shopping centre

by Mr Smyth from 932 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 that:

Capital works funding for the refurbishment of the Deakin Shopping Centre has been deferred in the 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 Budgets, despite expenditure to date of $100,000 on a management study and numerous representations to Members of the Legislative Assembly. The Deakin Shopping Centre is over 40 years old, and has never been refurbished. Urgent new road works, parking areas and paving is required to ensure the safety of visitors.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

allocate out of Budget funding for the refurbishment of the Deakin Shopping Centre as a matter of urgency during the 2003/2004 financial year.

The acting clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petitions were received.

Inquiries Amendment Bill 2003

Mr Stanhope , pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a copy of the report on the Inquiries Act 1991, prepared by the Chief Minister's Department, dated July 2003.

Title read by Acting Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs) (10.36): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Inquiries Amendment Bill 2003. This bill proposes to amend the Inquiries Act 1991, which provides a mechanism for establishing a board of inquiry to conduct an independent inquiry into an issue of significant public interest and a report to the Chief Minister. Briefly, such inquiries have been conducted in relation to just two matters-VITAB and the provision of disability services within the ACT. Following the completion of the board of inquiry report into disability services by Justice John Gallop and the subsequent decisions in the ACT Supreme Court by His Honour Mr Justice Crispin, I requested a review be conducted under the Inquiries Act to see if it can be improved.

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