Page 544 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 23 March 2022

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Of significance that afternoon was the addition of eight languages to the peace pole, these being Bengali, Farsi, Hindi, Nepali, Sinhalese, Swahili, Urdu and, most relevantly, Ukrainian. Each language group that was in attendance that afternoon was invited to come and say the following words in their own language: “May peace prevail on earth.” And in my own singular language skill, it was an honour, on behalf of the Canberra Liberals, to say those words. I want to thank especially Chin Wong, chair of the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum; Rotary president Warrick Howieson; and chair of the Canberra Interfaith Forum, Dean Sahu Khan, for organising this event. May it be held annually and, of course, may we hold the spirit of this week throughout the whole year.

Secondly, and of great significance, was the motion presented by the Chief Minister today, supported by all three parties in this Assembly. I want to read this motion, short as it is. It says:

That this Assembly:

(1) voices support for the democratically elected Ukrainian Government, the Ukrainian people and Canberra’s Ukrainian community; and

(2) requests the Speaker convey to the Ukrainian Government, via the Embassy in Canberra, the support of this Assembly expressed in this motion.

It was an honour to be part of the Assembly sitting, and even a greater honour to be in the Speaker’s chair today when this motion was unanimously supported.

ACT Health—COVID-19 data—correction

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (4.20): I want to table a correction to the document that I tabled earlier. I had written an incorrect date on it. The information was not provided to the journalist on 4 February but on 3 February.

I table:

Final response to media inquiry regarding vaccination status of people who had been admitted to ICU and those who had died with COVID-19 in 2022 (provided to journalist 3 February 2022)—Amended version.

Canberra—109 years

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (4.20): As a city we have just celebrated Canberra’s 109th birthday. Across the community we enjoyed a range of different events to commemorate it. One particularly delightful hour of celebration was the Lunatic Fringe’s performance of Canberra: We Live Here at Smith’s Alternative on 15 March.

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