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itself as a sporting force when the Canberra Raiders made the Rugby League grand final in 1987 and then when they won the grand finals in 1989 and 1990. And Canberra’s win in extra time in 1989 was very much one of the classic Rugby League grand finals of all time. As Crispin Hull stated in referring to Canberra’s sporting teams:

Each time these teams hit the top rungs of their competition ladder it helped change Canberra’s image from being synonymous with Federal Government to being a city with diverse interests and aspirations.

How people see Canberra and how we see ourselves are important in terms of us being connected to other people in the region and nationally. We are very much located in a Rugby League region, and the Canberra Raiders connected us to our region. The formation of the Raiders occurred, as has been stated today, in Queanbeyan, and Seiffert Oval was the original home ground. As a Rugby League supporter myself, I want to say that Les McIntyre’s unswerving loyalty to the Canberra Raiders is something I greatly admire. It is something that not only Rugby League supporters but supporters of all codes of football and sporting teams across the country can respect and understand.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Ms Hunter, from 446 residents:

Transport—light rail system—petition No 95

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 to the attention of the Assembly that:

Climate change is a real and significant threat to the people and places of the ACT

Transport contributes to around 25% of greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT

Light Rail costs significantly less than previous Treasury estimates.

Light Rail with a bus ‘feeder’ system can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport more significantly than other forms of transport

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Support the development of a comprehensive light rail system across Canberra with phase 1 to be operational by the centenary of Canberra in 2013, and a complete network to be completed by 2020.

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.

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