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Wednesday, 2 June 2021

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.01): 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.


The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Planning—diversity—petition 6-21

By Ms Orr, from 223 residents:

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

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly:

Of the public statues that dot the ACT, the overwhelming majority are of men; Of the suburbs and streets named after people, overwhelming majority are named after men; and

It is important for women and girls to have women role models present and celebrated in the public space after whom to model themselves, as they cannot be what they cannot see.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call on the ACT Government to:

Look to promote equality and diversity in the people we recognize through public commemoration;

Increase the prominence of women in place naming conventions across the territory; and

Identify opportunities to increase the representation of women, especially of diverse backgrounds and First Nations leaders in our public statues.

Gordon—traffic management—petition 13-21

By Mr Davis, from 52 residents:

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