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Thursday, 16 February 2006

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 Dr Foskey, from 65 residents:

Woolworths, Mawson

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 Woolworths Mawson has been given a direct land grant by the ACT Government to double the size of its shop including acquiring a large area of the existing car park and 2500 square metres of adjacent park land for a new car park.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to undertake a review of the direct land sale process to Woolworths including the purchase price paid by Woolworths for public parkland.

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.

Criminal Code (Mental Impairment) Amendment Bill 2006

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs) (10.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

On 19 February 2004 I directed the Chief Executive of the Chief Minister’s Department to set up a high level interdepartmental committee to examine all aspects in relation to the care and custody of people with mental health issues who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. The committee was also asked to examine any requirement for the provision of facilities, including step-down of forensic mental health facilities in the ACT.

This committee considered the needs and views of consumers and carers, the Community Advocate, the courts, police and ACT Corrective Services. As a result of the committee recommendations, on 30 May 2005 the health minister Mr Simon Corbell and

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