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Thursday, 9 June 2022

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.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Steel for today’s sitting due to personal reasons.


Ministerial response

The following response to a petition has been lodged:

Community language schools—rapid antigen tests—petition 3-22

By Ms Stephen-Smith, Minister for Health, undated, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Braddock on 22 March 2022, concerning free rapid antigen tests for community language schools.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 22 March 2022 to Minister Berry regarding Petition No3-22 – Free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) for Community Language Schools which was lodged by Andrew Braddock MLA. I am responding on behalf of the ACT Government as this matter falls within my portfolio responsibilities.

To date, the ACT Government has provided RATs to cohorts who need them most. This has included symptomatic individuals and household contacts, essential ACT Public Service workers, students and staff in schools and early childhood education and care services, disability and community aged care workers, and a number of community and non-government sector organisations. RATs have also been provided for the community through our COVID-19 testing clinics.

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