Page 3745 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 23 November 2022

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This is a moment when Canberrans and Australians need to come together, and it is deeply disappointing that the Canberra Liberals cannot do that. True to their conservative roots and the historical legacy of the federal Liberals, the Canberra Liberals are stuck in the past. They try to make us think they have changed, that they have decided decades of conservatism have got them nowhere and that they are moderate, but their roots are showing and their facade is failing!

I will fight and campaign side by side with my ACT Labor and ACT Greens colleagues and our Aboriginal community for a voice to parliament.

I would like to finish my speech today by once more reinstating the words from the Uluru Statement from the Heart:

We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country.

When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish.

They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.

We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.

I wholeheartedly agree with these words and they have my full support.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

 Ayes 8

 Noes 15

Mr Cain

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Ms Castley

Ms Berry

Dr Paterson

Mr Cocks

Mr Braddock

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Cheyne

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Clay

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Milligan

Ms Davidson

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Parton

Mr Davis

Question resolved in the negative.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Gentleman Madam Speaker, I seek your guidance in regard to rulings in the last debate in the chamber, particularly in regard to the appropriateness of a member who is in the chair on behalf of the Speaker making a ruling on an amendment and then speaking in support of the amendment in the debate. I reflect on Mr Parton’s actions

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