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Thursday, 29 November 2018

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Drone delivery trial—petition 23-18

By Ms J Burch, from 1,043 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of Bonython, ACT, draw to the attention of the assembly that:

We are subject to the Project Wing drone trial in Bonython.

We were not consulted in a genuine manner about the trial prior to its approval and start up.

We have no specific and formally established avenue to submit complaint or feedback other than to Project Wing.

We find that there is no due governance and transparency in overseeing the trial.

We find this trial subjects us to unacceptable levels of noise, is a gross invasion of privacy and subjects us to unacceptable safety risks.

We find this trial compromises our right to peace, privacy and a good quality of life (refer to United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 12).

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to:

Commit to ceasing commercial drone delivery trials in Bonython and any future trials in the ACT forthwith.

Acknowledge the impact on residents of commercial drones regularly and frequently flying over our homes and within the suburb.

Acknowledge our right to peace, privacy and a good quality of life, to not fear for our safety and not feel anxious about the possibility of drone accidents.

Acknowledge the detrimental impact of drones on pets and wildlife.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism.

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