The Canberra Times brings word that the usual Stanhopian approach to negotiation (and doesn’t it work so well?) is underway as the Frisky Leader tries to nag the Home Affairs Minister, Brendan O’Connor, into letting the ACT Legislative Assembly stay out after midnight.
No wait, they’re after an end to Commonwealth veto of our laws.
Mr Stanhope said Canberrans should be given the same democratic rights as other Australians to pass law.
”I am concerned that it has never been seen as an issue of any priority that the Federal Parliament was prepared to devote time to. But these are important issues for Canberrans. I hope its [failure is] not around continuing concerns around some of the legislation we might, as a very progressive government and community, be inclined to pass, for instance in relation to civil unions.”