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Thursday, 25 August 2005

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am 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 Porter, from 21 residents:

Horse paddocks

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

The current management of the ACT Government Horse Paddocks by the ACT Horse Farms has resulted in the endangerment of people and horses. Further there has been a deterioration of the facilities designed for ongoing public use.

We therefore request the Assembly to:

Remove Horse Farms ACT and its current management from the acceptable list of business applying for the forthcoming tender for ongoing management of the ACT Horse Paddocks.

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.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Hargreaves for the remainder of this sitting week.

Territory plan—variation No 237

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (10.32): I move:

That this Assembly, in accordance with subsection 29 (4) of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act, rejects Variation No 237 to the Territory Plan, Deakin, Section 12 Blocks 9, 13 and 19—Embassy Motel redevelopment—Proposed residential use.

Mr Speaker, one does not move a disallowance motion lightly. In this case, after careful consideration, I felt that it was necessary that the Assembly look in more detail at variation to the territory plan No 237. One of the consistent features of hostile community response to this government now is distrust on both sides. That is not to say

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