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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 3646 ..

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Discrimination and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement in relation to notice No 7, private members business, standing in my name.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I have received satisfactory assurances and undertakings from the Chief Minister in relation to the notice. Accordingly, I will not be proceeding with it.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): I seek leave to make a statement on the same matter.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Stefaniak and I have discussed the notice and, indeed, Mr Stefaniak's interest in obtaining certain information. Consequent upon that, I table the following paper:

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People in the ACT: an issues paper, prepared by the Public Law Group, Department of Justice and Community Safety, dated April 2003.

Rail link-Canberra and Sydney

MRS DUNNE (5.20): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the critical importance of having a good rail link between Canberra and Sydney for the people of the ACT and the surrounding region;

(2) criticises the NSW Government for the cancellation of rail services in August and April of this year and for cancelling the morning service from Canberra to Sydney and the evening service from Sydney to Canberra;

(3) notes, with grave concern, proposals put forward by the NSW Ministerial Inquiry into Sustainable Transport to replace some CountryLink Services with buses including the Sydney-Canberra route;

(4) notes, with strong disappointment, the failure of the ACT Government to make a submission to this important inquiry;

(5) directs the Chief Minister to write a firmly worded letter to the Premier of NSW, Mr Carr, and the Minister for Transport Services, Mr Costa, advising them of the views of the Assembly on this matter;

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