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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (31 July) . . Page.. 2431 ..


Workers Compensation Act—Workers Compensation (Fees) Determination 2018—Disallowable Instrument DI2018-112 (LR, 4 June 2018).

Work Health and Safety Act—

Work Health and Safety (Fees) Determination 2018—Disallowable Instrument DI2018-113 (LR, 4 June 2018).

Work Health and Safety (Work Safety Council Employee Representative) Appointment 2018 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2018-130 (LR, 14 June 2018).

Work Health and Safety (Work Safety Council Employee Representative) Appointment 2018 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2018-132 (LR, 14 June 2018).

Work Health and Safety (Work Safety Council Employer Representative) Appointment 2018 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2018-133 (LR, 14 June 2018).

Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act—Working with Vulnerable People Background Checking (Fees) Determination 2018 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2018-137 (LR, 18 June 2018).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women—achievements

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lee): Madam Speaker has received letters from Miss C Burch, Ms Cheyne, Ms Cody, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Lee, Ms Orr, Mr Parton, Mr Pettersson and Mr Steel proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms Cody be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

The importance of recognising the achievements of the ACT's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (3.58): I put this MPI on the agenda today reflecting on NAIDOC Week, which happened since we last sat. I wish to note, at the commencement of this debate, my recognition of the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and their elders, past and present. I also wish to highlight my respect for the rights of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to organise autonomously. NAIDOC Week is not, and should not be, about what settler communities do to Indigenous communities, sometimes for good and too often for bad.

"NAIDOC" stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It traces its origins to Aboriginal groups organising in the 1920s to increase awareness of the status and treatment of Australia's Indigenous peoples—a record of which we all should be ashamed.

As I hope everyone is aware, NAIDOC Week is the first full week in July. It is a time of celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. Having received the typical white Australian level of education for


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