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Thursday, 8 December 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 Bresnan, from 373 residents:

Drugs—petition No 127

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: current prohibition drug laws and policies have failed to stop the trade and use of drugs and that they are in serious need of revision.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: conduct a public debate on drug laws and policies with a view to revising relevant ACT laws and policies. That debate to be evidence-based rather than one based on prejudice or political self-interest masquerading as public morality.

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.

Distinguished visitors

MR SPEAKER: Before we proceed with executive business, members, I would like to acknowledge the presence of the Hon Don Harwin MLC, the President of the New South Wales Legislative Council, and his staff. Gentlemen, I welcome you to the Assembly this morning; it is great to have you with us.

Mr Harwin thereupon entered the chamber, and was seated accordingly.

Food (Amendment) Bill 2011

Ms Gallagher, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services) (10.02): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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