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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Condolence statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Like many Australians, I was saddened by the news of the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on 9 April.

Prince Philip visited Australia on many occasions, both with and without Her Majesty, and he developed a unique relationship with our great country. From his first royal visit to Australia in 1954 to his last in 2011, when he accompanied the Queen to a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Prince Philip is remembered as a man genuinely interested in Australia, its culture and its people.

In Canberra, Prince Philip opened the Royal Australian Mint in 1965, and was present at the opening of the Australian Parliament House in 1988—two significant moments in our local history. Since his passing, many Canberrans have shared their personal stories of moments when Prince Philip spoke to them in a crowd, acknowledged their presence, smiled and shared a joke. I am sure that there are individuals in this chamber who remember just such a moment.

On behalf of the ACT Legislative Assembly, I extend our most sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and family on the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

As a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased, I ask all members to rise in their places.

Members standing in their places—

MADAM SPEAKER: I thank members.

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