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Thursday, 24 November 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.

Legislative Assembly—point of order

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.02): Yesterday, the Manager of Government Business raised a point of order in relation to whether it was appropriate for a member to participate in a debate and speak in favour of an amendment when that same member had previously made a ruling when occupying the chair.

It is assumed that all occupants of the chair will undertake these important roles in an impartial way. If occupants are not impartial or make an incorrect ruling, it is open to the Assembly to consider dissent from the Speaker’s ruling.

I was asked whether there was an issue with a member who occupies the chair giving a ruling and participating in the debate. Given the small size of the Assembly, I see no issue with this, if they are acting in an impartial way, which is the expectation of all people in this role.

I make the observation that if a member were not able to participate in a debate that they had chaired for some portion, there may be a reluctance on the part of members to undertake the role of Deputy Speaker or Assistant Speaker here. Whilst there is a chair roster, it is not uncommon, as will happen during the course of sitting weeks, for members to rotate in and out, to accommodate their ability to participate in a debate. The most important thing is that those sitting in this chair act in an absolutely impartial way.

Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee

Report 6

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.04): I present the following report:

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