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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 153..


Tuesday, 6 March 2007

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Distinguished visitor

MR SPEAKER: First, I acknowledge the presence in the chamber of Lou Westende, a former member. Welcome.

Petition

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Berry, from 8 residents:

Ngunnawal land

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

This petition of residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

Ngunawal Protest Petition by descendants of the Ngunawal People: We firmly believe the name change of the Ngunawal people and land to the name Ngambri land is wrong. We firmly believe that there is no cultural basis both anthropologically, historically, orally to the name change suggested by the House-Williams family group.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: ensure the Ngunawal spirit and bones remain reflected in the name of the lands-Ngunawal.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Financial Management Amendment Bill 2007

Mr Stanhope, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts) (10.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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