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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 2407

Mr HUNT (Gwydir) (Minister for the Interior) - by leave - It is the Government's intention to bring in an ordinance which will fill a need in relation to the law regarding trespass on Commonwealth lands in Canberra. Existing legal provisions are not sufficiently definite or precise in respect of persons camping on unleased Commonwealth land within the city area. This would apply to all open spaces such as Capital Hill, City Hill, median strips, nature strips and other vacant land. The proposed ordinance will make it generally an offence for persons to camp on unleased land in the city area and will empower authorities to move their possessions away in the event that they do not comply within reasonable time with a direction to remove them. The change in the law will, of course, apply to the areas around Parliament House. Adequate public notice will be given of the coming into effect of the ordinance.

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