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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012-2013 Week 1 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 17..


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) 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.

Petition

Ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Barr, Minister for Economic Development, dated 12 September 2012, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Smyth on 23 August 2012 concerning block 2 section 590 Chisholm.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Planning—Chisholm—petition No 139

The response read as follows:

I am pleased to notify the Assembly that Block 2 Section 590 Chisholm will be retained as a park for the local community.

Ms Isabell Coe

Motion of condolence

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education): I move:

That this Assembly expresses its deep regret at the death of Isabell Coe, a leading figure in the campaign for Indigenous rights, and tenders its profound sympathy to her family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

She has been described as a mighty warrior, a powerful speaker and a woman with great spirit, spunk and determination. Isabell Coe was a proud Wiradjuri and Ngunnawal woman, an elder in the Aboriginal community, and someone who dedicated her life to campaigning for Aboriginal rights.

Isabell Coe sadly passed away on Saturday, 10 November after a long illness. Her passing has been felt not only by our community but nationally. She is mourned by both those who knew her and those who did not but who looked up to her as an inspirational leader and a passionate advocate of Aboriginal sovereignty.

Isabell Coe was born at Erambie Mission in Cowra, in Wiradjuri country. Her mother was from Yass and her father was born in Cowra. After leaving school in 1968, she travelled to Sydney, where she enrolled in an art college at Manly. However, she deferred her artistic vocation as her desire to contribute to her community pulled her in a different direction.


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