Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 September 2022) . . Page.. 2585 ..
Tuesday, 20 September 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.
Address to His Majesty King Charles III
Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (10.01): Madam Speaker, I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) expresses its deep sorrow following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second and passes on its sympathies to His Majesty King Charles the Third and the entire Royal Family;
(2) extends its condolences to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth during this time; and
(3) requests Madam Speaker convey this motion, along with the heartfelt condolences of the Assembly and the people of the Australian Capital Territory, to his Excellency the Governor-General, with a request that this be forwarded to His Majesty the King and the Royal Family.
The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of an era. As our longest serving monarch, Her Majesty reigned as Queen of the United Kingdom and Australia’s head of state for 70 years, after ascending the throne in 1952 at just 25 years of age.
Much has changed over those seven decades: from the first moon landing to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War; the birth of many new nations; and the advent of the internet. In Australia, through Her Majesty’s reign, we have grown from a nation of under 9 million people to around 26 million people. We changed our currency and our national anthem. We have matured as a nation, and in our relationship with Great Britain and its sovereign.