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Wednesday, 23 June 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.

Legislative Assembly—conduct

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.01): During question time yesterday, whilst Minister Cheyne was answering a question without notice asked by Mr Cain, there were a series of conversations at the central table involving Ms Lee and Mr Barr. As a result of these conversations, during a time when the minister was trying to answer a question, Mrs Jones asked for a withdrawal of certain words alleged to have been said by Mr Barr. There was then a claim by Mr Barr that Mrs Jones had used unparliamentary language.

I have seen a copy of the transcript of the tape and I am satisfied that there was a great deal of confusion as to what was said. I do not intend to ask members to withdraw any words. In part, the confusion was due to people talking over each other. As I reminded members yesterday, I will always ask for people to have respect and regard for members here in the manner in which they behave. To finish a member’s sentence for them, to create an inference of disrespect, is not useful. I am not saying that that is what happened yesterday, but when we talk over each other, which is a breach of good decorum, behaviour and manners in this chamber, it is not useful.

I ask all members to heed my words about having respect for one another. If there is argy-bargy going on, my best advice to you is to ignore it and withdraw yourselves.


Ministerial response

The following response to a petition has been lodged:

Schools—language curriculum—petition 2-21

By Ms Berry, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, dated 7 June 2021, in response to a petition lodged by Mrs Kikkert on 30 March 2021 concerning French language tuition at Belconnen High School.

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