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Your petitioners request the Assembly to immediately re-open the process with the aim of returning the land into Mt Majura Nature Reserve to protect critically endangered grassy woodland, important habitat for endangered and declining species and to acknowledge thousands of hours of community work to improve the environmental condition of the land.

Weston Creek—petrol stations—petition No 5-13

By Mr Barr, from 374 residents:

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 attention of the Assembly that:

Currently there is only one petrol station servicing the 23,000 residents of Weston Creek, which is located at Cooleman Court. This population is set to grow significantly with the development of the Molonglo Valley. One only petrol station for such a significant and increasing proportion f the Canberra population is grossly inadequate, and leads to unnecessary waiting times at peak transit periods.

These petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

1. Zone and designate land for a new petrol station to service the Weston creek and Molonglo regions.

2. Position the new petrol station adjacent to the intersection of Cotter Road and Kirkpatrick Street, to better service the residents of the Molonglo region, as well as those Weston Creek commuters who use the Cotter Road.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and copies referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.


Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: On Friday, 22 November 2013 Mr Smyth, in accordance with standing order 276, gave written notice of what he considered to be a breach of privilege. The matter relates to a possible contempt by Mr Barr in failing to table documents that were requested by the Assembly on 19 September 2013. Mr Smyth provided in his letter relevant extracts from the Hansard debate on the motion which was agreed to on 19 September 2013.

Under the provisions of standing order 276, I must determine as soon as practicable whether or not the matter of privilege merits precedence over other business. In doing so, I should consider whether this issue is one of substance and is supported by the

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