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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2023 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 9 February 2023) . . Page.. 253 ..

Thursday, 9 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.

Legislative Assembly—unparliamentary language

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Yesterday after question time Ms Stephen-Smith raised a point of order in relation to comments made by Mrs Kikkert during debate on a motion on the Voice to Parliament. At the conclusion of the speech, Mrs Kikkert stated:

It is shameful and embarrassing that the ACT government wants a campaign to raise awareness with the broader community, yet when it comes to a program designed to help vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families when facing child removal, it fails to inform them that the program even exists. Who and what are they most concerned about: the Indigenous community or buying votes?

As members are aware, if there are accusations of improper behaviour, the proper course of action is to move a substantive motion, usually a censure or no-confidence motion. The accusation that a government or a minister is buying votes is a serious one. I consider that it was unparliamentary in that context. Mrs Kikkert, can you withdraw that statement?

Mrs Kikkert: I withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mrs Kikkert.

Professor Will Steffen—condolence

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions

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