Page 1569 - Week 05 - Thursday, 2 June 2022

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I would like to thank her for the memories. In her role as a shadow in various portfolios, she has had a number of notable achievements, of which she can be rightly proud. She was the first to breastfeed in the chamber, and she got the standing orders changed to allow a child being breastfed to be present in the chamber. She fought, for example, for toilets for women firefighters on the fire grounds. She fought for fenced playgrounds all around Canberra; as she outlined, herself, this is an important thing for families.

In the health portfolio she prosecuted many points which were raised to us all the time during the hardest times of the pandemic. We did not raise these points, and Mrs Jones did not raise these points, to be difficult. She raised them because they are concerns that people in the community, or professionals or organisations, came to her with. She was trying to get the best possible result for the ACT community by raising those points.

I would also like to pay tribute to her family for supporting her, and for allowing her and giving her the time to represent her community. It is something that you cannot do without the support of your family or your closest friends, so all the best to them, as well. Giulia and Bernard have a sense of service. They give back to their community in a range of different ways, and I would like to thank them once again for that; I know it will continue. I would like to say to Giulia, “Thank you for your service.”

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (11.40), by leave: I would like to say, just very briefly before we get through the rest of the business, that when Giulia rang me and suggested that she would be having a valedictory but promised that she would not bring the breast pump, I was very anxious about what prop she would bring. So I am quietly relieved that that did not happen.

As I said, everyone knew when Giulia was talking with passion. Those sitting in the chair were very aware when Giulia was speaking with passion, but she always came back to order, which was always appreciated. On behalf of everybody: enjoy the next steps of your journey, Mrs Jones.

Legislative Assembly—conduct

MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (11.41), by leave: Madam Speaker, in reference to the statement that you made at the beginning of the sitting, I withdraw.

Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (11.43): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion. On 8 February 2022 a petition relating to access to services and information in Auslan in the ACT was tabled in the Assembly. The petition notes the importance of Auslan as a key method of communication for the ACT deaf community and states that the availability of services and information in Auslan in the ACT is inadequate, disadvantaging deaf Canberrans.

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