Page 785 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 6 April 2022
Wednesday, 6 April 2022
MR ACTING SPEAKER (Mr Parton) (10.00): Members:
Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.
Yanggu ngalawiri dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.
Nginggada Dindi wanggiralidjinyin.
The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and they translate to:
This is Ngunnawal Country.
Today we are all meeting on Ngunnawal country.
We always pay respect to Elders, female and male.
Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Mr Barr and Mr Pettersson for today for health reasons.
Minister for Education and Youth Affairs
Motion of no confidence
MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (10.01): I seek leave to move a motion of no confidence in Ms Berry as the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs.
MS LEE: I move:
That this Assembly expresses no confidence in the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs for failing to keep students, teachers and school communities safe.
“War zone but worse: students banned from attending school over safety fears”. “WorkSafe ACT bans students from school amid understaffing and daily violence”. Mr Acting Speaker, these are the extraordinary headlines that Canberrans woke up to yesterday. The Canberra Liberals have no confidence in the ability of the minister for education to keep our students, our teachers and our school communities safe.
The WorkSafe ACT prohibition notice issued to Calwell High School is shocking reading, Mr Acting Speaker, shocking reading. I am devastated for our teachers and school staff who are enduring these horrendous working conditions under the watch of this minister. I am devastated for our students experiencing this horror on a daily