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Wednesday, 29 March 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 Mr Pratt, from 139 residents:

Policing—shopping centres

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 the attention of the Assembly to the escalating problem of crime, violence and harassment at local shopping centres. In the interest of community safety and small business, this petition calls on the Assembly to provide frequent, ongoing police patrols in and around local shopping centres to better prevent crime.

Your petitioners therefore request that the Assembly significantly increase police patrols in and around shopping centre precincts to enhance community safety and increase crime prevention.

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.

Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Bill 2006

Mr Stefaniak, by leave, presented the bill.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (10.33): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, I have pleasure in introducing the Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Bill 2006. This bill basically uplifts the New South Wales antiterrorism legislation. My bill is virtually identical in all material aspects to the New South Wales bill, although it does differ in language in parts to make it compatible with the ACT Criminal Code and also to make it compatible with relevant ACT institutions that are named in the bill where there are no similar institutions in New South Wales. Similarly, New South Wales institutions that are named in the New South Wales legislation and not replicated in the ACT have been deleted from the ACT bill. An example of that is in the scope of oversight. In the New South Wales bill, for example, there is reference to the Ombudsman, the Police Integrity Commission and the Independent Commission Against Corruption, but only the Ombudsman has been put into my ACT bill.

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