Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2023 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 8 February 2023) . . Page.. 145 ..
Wednesday, 8 February 2023
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.
MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra-Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (10.01): Canberra has many generous, passionate and innovative individuals who work tirelessly to make our community better and the future of our city brighter. They do not work for the recognition, but they certainly deserve it.
One way we recognise these special people is through the Australian honours and awards system. I am pleased to take this moment this morning to celebrate the 98 ACT residents who were recognised in the Australia Day 2023 Honours List. I would like to make a special mention of distinguished Canberrans relating to my portfolio areas of arts, business, human rights and multicultural affairs.
Dr Michelle Potter was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts in a range of roles. She has made an outstanding contribution to dance in Canberra, nationally and internationally.
Jeanette Brown has been an active and steadfast member of the Canberra Repertory Society. For her decades long involvement and service to the performing arts, she has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia.
Deborah Masling received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to secondary music education. Mrs Masling founded the School Band Program and was integral to establishing the Lyneham Performing Arts Centre at Lyneham High School in 2010. Her vision and her passion for music education extends far beyond the students she has taught at Lyneham High as the band program has become a model for other schools.
Geoff Page was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to literature as a poet. Mr Page is a prolific poet, novelist, editor and biographer. He is passionate