Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 20 October 2022) . . Page.. 3389 ..
Thursday, 20 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 Mr Braddock) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Ms Vassarotti and Ms Davidson for this sitting due to ministerial business.
Background Checking Legislation Amendment Bill 2022
Ms Stephen-Smith, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.
Title read by Clerk.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.03): I move:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
I rise to speak in support of the introduction of the Background Checking Legislation Amendment Bill 2022. I have tabled its explanatory statement. The Working with Vulnerable People Scheme is an important part of the ACT’s system for keeping children and vulnerable people safe in our community. The scheme aims to reduce the risk of harm or neglect to vulnerable people in the ACT and requires those who work or volunteer with vulnerable people, including children, to have a background check and be registered.