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Thursday, 11 May 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 1,710 residents:

Civil Unions Bill 2006

The Petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that: the intent of the Civil Unions Bill 2006, tabled in the Assembly on Tuesday 28 March, is to treat a Civil Union for all purposes under Territory law in the same way as marriage (Div2.1Sec5.2). We the undersigned believe that this creates a marriage like relationship which so mimics marriage as to confuse and diminish it, and further that it may be unconstitutional. We believe it is the responsibility of all governments to not only protect and encourage this longstanding institution of marriage which carries so much public good, but also to take no unnecessary action that would create vulnerabilities for it, as we have seen occasioned by similar legislation overseas.

Your petitioners therefore request the assembly to: Call upon the Chief Minister to withdraw the Civil Unions Bill 2006 and instead introduce legislation that would allow for the registration of same sex and caring relationships, which does not mimic or diminish marriage, such as is in force in the state of Tasmania.

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.

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2006

Mr Stanhope, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts) (10.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 amends the Duties Act 1999, the Payroll Tax Act 1987 and the Taxation Administration Act 1999. The Duties Act imposes duty on transfers of dutiable property and certain transactions that are treated as transfers. Section 54 of the Duties Act offers concessional duty treatment when a trustee of a trust retires or a new trustee is appointed, provided that none of the trustees are or can be a

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