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relation to net control of recurrent payments, capital injections and payments to be made on behalf of the territory.
The bill contains appropriations of $20.9 million for the Office of the Legislative Assembly, $4.1 million to the Auditor-General, $8 million to the Integrity Commissioner and $4.9 to the Electoral Commissioner.
And with that, I commend these appropriations to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Ms Lee) adjourned to the next sitting.
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
Community events—SiTara’s Story
DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.29): I attended an event a few weeks ago run by SiTara’s Story. This was an awards ceremony for a competition they had run over a few months. It was a poetry and writing competition to understand the community’s perceptions of COVID-19 and its impacts.
The event was beautiful and really engaged with the multicultural community, in the ACT but also more broadly. The evening saw awards handed out for each of the categories, and I commend all the writers for their creative creations.
But there was one that particularly stood out, and that was a poem by Audrey Miller. I would like to read that poem this evening. It is called Ticks and Crosses. Audrey is a health worker that supported our health system through the pandemic.
Ticks and Crosses mark our standing and sitting
Thrice daily updates slowly slowing to daily updates
Charts, stats, maps and epidemiologists consume us
Stark headlines in print, opening newsreader statements full of doom
Physical and emotional exhaustion throughout healthcare staff, but we did not lose our jobs!
Masks, N95, P2, surgical, 3 ply make it home and Bill Shorten sock mask
Folk who won’t wear masks and those who can’t
Check in, check out and 1.5m rule
Social distancing or physical distancing?
TicTock research replaces WHO and ATAGI experts
Freedom and anti vax protests v folk who just want some form of normality
Random acts of kindness
Neighbours helping isolating neighbours
Images of love through residential aged care windows