Page 821 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2006

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Thursday, 30 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 Stefaniak, from 392 residents:

Sport and recreation—funding

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 Basketball in the ACT has over 4100 participants and provides Canberrans of all ages the opportunity to partake in Basketball Programs and Competitions. Basketball in the ACT partners with Sport & Recreation ACT to deliver outcomes. Further fragmentation of Sport & Recreation ACT as an agency and any loss in funding may lead to increased cost of participation, rationalisation of programs delivered or staff retrenchments.

The petitioners therefore request the assembly ensure that the ACT retains a central sport agency (Sport & Recreation ACT) and that funding to Sport and Recreation in the ACT is not reduced in the upcoming budget. Sport & Recreation in the ACT must maintain the level of funding and priority it deserves to ensure future health benefits and participation options for all members of the ACT community.

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.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Report 2—government response

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, and Acting Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Business, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Minister for Racing and Gaming): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 3—Report on Terrorism (Extraordinary Power) Bill 2005 Exposure Draft—Exposure draft—government response.

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

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