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Your petitioners therefore request that the Assembly direct the Minister for Health and the government to:

• Halt the car park demolition planned for September 2009;

• Seek the advice of the Chief Psychiatrist as to the mental health implications of building the planned car park tower overlooking the planned new acute care mental health facility, and publish that advice;

• Direct that any building located near the new mental health precinct conform to the latest version of the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines (shortly to be promulgated), especially re the location of a tall building near an acute care mental health facility;

• Release information on the traffic implications of placing a large car park tower at a crossroads within therapeutic areas;

• Urgently review the community’s preferred option of an alternative site for the car park, and in particular on Yamba Drive west.

• Save the existing 3 storey Bateson Road carpark for night staff and disabled.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and a copy of each referred to the appropriate minister, the petitions were received.

Civil Partnerships Amendment Bill 2009

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (10:34): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I rise this morning to introduce a bill which has already received significant commentary. Personally I find some of that discussion somewhat confounding, but I will return to that later.

This is a bill to introduce legally recognised ceremonies into the Civil Partnerships Act 2008. A legally recognised ceremony will ensure that appropriate weight is given to the public act of entering into a civil partnership.

This bill is about giving full legal weight to a public declaration of love and shared commitment. This bill is about fully legitimising that declaration and giving it the legal weight it deserves. Couples entering into civil partnerships are making one of life’s biggest commitments. The Greens believe that entry into a civil partnership deserves more than a simple registry process involving making an application on the papers. A legally recognised ceremony should be an option for couples, should they choose to have such a ceremony. Registry processes are appropriate for car registrations, property dealings and the like. That is, registry processes suit everyday, routine transactions just fine.

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