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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 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 Ms Porter, from 610 residents:

Planning—Spence shops—petition No 123

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: A large 7/11 commercial store is proposed for the Spence Shops and the current shop owners and residents are concerned that this shop will force the Mechanic and Auto Electrician who currently lease the site to leave. This will also severely impact on the small business that constitute the current Spence Shopping Centre.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: To ensure any proposed 7/11 Store does not force the mechanics to leave the site and also ensure it is of a minimal size so as not to adversely affect the current businesses.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Ministerial response

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

Ms Gallagher (Chief Minister), dated 28 June 2011, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Hargreaves on 10 March 2011 concerning monitoring intolerance towards religious freedoms in the ACT.

Media broadcasts—alleged abrogation of religious freedoms—petition No 117

The response read as follows:

The ACT Government notes the petition, tabled by Mr John Hargreaves MLA on 10 March 2011, and makes the following comments:

The ACT Government strongly condemns any form of discrimination. The ACT has in place strict laws relating to discrimination, particularly through the ACT Discrimination Act 1991.

The ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner has considered this matter. The Commissioner has concluded that the radio segment

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