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Wednesday, 22 November 2006

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair 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 206 residents:



The petition of the residents of Kaleen and surrounding areas, draws to the attention of the Assembly, that at the general meeting on Friday, 9th of September 2006, the Kaleen Primary School Parents and Citizens Association unanimously agreed that before changes, including school closures, are made to the ACT Government school system, further community consultation and discussion regarding a number of issues, is required.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to, as urgent priority, review the decision to close schools in neighbouring suburbs, specifically Giralang Primary, due to concern about the detrimental effects on issues such as: class sizes, school infrastructure, potential need for introduction of demountable classrooms, hall/gymnasium overcrowding, impact on support facilities, traffic congestion, parking and safety, and the gifted and talented program.

We further request that if closures are to go ahead, that the Assembly extend the amount of time given to Kaleen Primary, in order to plan and implement the necessary changes.

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.

Crimes Amendment Bill 2006

Mr Stefaniak, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra—Leader of the Opposition) (10.33): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

It is disturbing to hear in recent statistics that 50 per cent of offensive weapons used in the commission of various offences are, in fact, knives. We have had some rather

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