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Wednesday, 20 August 2008

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.

Petition—ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Hargreaves (Minister for Territory and Municipal Services), dated 15 August 2008, in response to petitions lodged by Mrs Burke on 8 May and 25 June 2008 concerning the former caretaker’s cottage in Weston Creek.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Cotter Road caretaker’s cottage

The response read as follows:

1926 Caretakers Cottage at 540 Cotter Road, Weston Creek

The ACT Government notes the petitions submitted by the petitioners, tabled by Mrs Jacqui Burke MLA on 8 May and 25 June 2008 and makes the following comments:

The ACT Government has taken steps to ensure the protection and preservation of the property at block 1168, Weston Creek including the provision of security fencing and security patrols. The ACT Government is also attending to routine maintenance and required repairs to maintain the property.

The ACT Government supports the Heritage assessment of the property and has requested that this assessment be undertaken as soon as possible. Relevant ACT Government agencies have commenced the assessment process.

Criminal Code (Drug Equipment) Amendment Bill 2008

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (10.31): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, I am pleased to introduce the Criminal Code (Drug Equipment) Amendment Bill 2008 to the Assembly. This is an important bill that I hope will receive support from everybody in this place. It seeks to prevent the sale of drug paraphernalia in the ACT by making it an offence under the Criminal Code.

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