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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (13 August) . . Page.. 2813..

Thursday, 13 August 2015

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Paper and statement by member

MR WALL (Brindabella): I seek leave of the Assembly to table a petition from some Australian Indigenous elders and to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR WALL: I present the following paper:

Marriage—Copy of petition from Indigenous elders (illegible).

Joining us in the chamber this morning are representatives of Indigenous communities from around our country who have come to Canberra to present a petition to the Prime Minister defending the traditional definition of marriage and highlighting the importance of the traditional definition of marriage amongst Indigenous culture. We welcome them here to our Assembly today. They ask that a copy of the petition be presented in this place as an out-of-order petition, so that the Assembly can also take note that there is a wide and diverse range of views on the issue of marriage, not just within the ACT but around the country.

I am happy to welcome those members of the Indigenous community here and also make mention of the Canberra house of prayer, who have helped facilitate their time and presence in Canberra and have been giving them some much needed support whilst they have been here.

The Uluru bark petition is a petition to the Prime Minister, the House of Representatives and the Senate and the ACT government declaring that the Aboriginal people, as first nation people of this great southern land, and in support for marriage between a man and a woman as something very sacred to Aboriginal people, are calling on the rejection of the redefinition of marriage because marriage to them is between a man and a woman, is sacred and is to be treasured. Once again I welcome you to Canberra and to the Assembly, and thank you for taking the time to join us this morning.

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Report 6

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (10.03): I present the following report:

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 6—Inquiry into the exposure draft of the Drugs of Dependence (Cannabis Use

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