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Wednesday, 19 October 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 Ms Cheyne) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Gentleman for this sitting due to illness.

Motion (by Ms Lawder) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Lee and Mr Hanson for this sitting due to illness.


Ministerial statement

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (10.02): I wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we are meeting, the Ngunnawal people. I respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and region.

I am pleased to have this opportunity to update the Assembly on the biosecurity threat environment that is currently facing the nation and the ACT, and the response of the ACT government. These threats have received considerable media attention in recent months, and the ACT is playing no small part in a coordinated and national effort.

Biosecurity is defined as the management of risks to the economy, the environment, and the community of pests and diseases entering, emerging, establishing or spreading. These pests and diseases include weeds, pest animals, and the pests and diseases of plants and animals.

Australia’s strict biosecurity laws and policies play a critical role in maintaining our global reputation as one of the few countries to remain free from the world’s most

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