Page 3944 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 September 2018

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Supplementary answer to question without notice

Land—Molonglo stage 3

MR GENTLEMAN, by leave: I provide a response to a question Mr Hanson asked on 2 August 2018 concerning the Molonglo stage 3 environmental impact statement. I am advised that the documents Mr Hanson sought are now available online, specifically at an address that I will give in a minute. Given the extensive number of pages, I thought it best to provide the webpage where they can be accessed rather than provide printed copies.

I will email this to Hansard and also to Mr Hanson. The address is

Territory rights

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Orr): Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Cheyne, Ms Cody, Mrs Dunne, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Lee, Ms Orr, Mr Parton and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms Cheyne be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

The importance of ACT and NT residents having the same legislative rights as enjoyed in other jurisdictions

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (3.41): It is my pleasure to speak on this incredibly important issue today: the importance of having the same legislative rights in this territory and in the Northern Territory as enjoyed in other jurisdictions. I get only one chance to speak on this today. So I want to stress something before a member of the opposition pulls out their usual line complaining about how we are yet again talking about decisions made by another government. I ask them to recall the simple fact that decisions of other governments do impact us. They can and do impact on our parliament and on our people. We in this place have a responsibility to our people to stand up when other governments make decisions that negatively impact us.

It is absurd that the ACT and the Northern Territory do not have the same legislative rights as other jurisdictions. It is absurd that the ACT and the Northern Territory do not have the right to make their own laws with respect to what is essentially a health issue, one that is clearly so very important to our citizens, one where they want their views to be genuinely represented in their own parliament. It is absurd that our residents have been treated as second class citizens purely based on postcodes.

I do not need to remind the Assembly of what happened in the Senate on 15 August this year when we witnessed the shock defeat of a bill to restore territories’ rights to make laws on voluntary assisted dying. It was a bill that was defeated by just two

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