Page 2211 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video

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

Covid normal?

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

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video