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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2023 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 March 2023) . . Page.. 811 ..


Wednesday, 29 March 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.

Mrs Mary Elizabeth Grant AM

Motion of condolence

MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly expresses its deep regret at the death of Mrs Elizabeth Grant AM, Member of the former ACT House of Assembly from 1979 to 1982, and tenders its profound sympathy to her family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

On behalf of the Canberra Liberals, I pay tribute to Elizabeth Grant AM, who passed away on 7 February 2023 aged 92. First, our deepest sympathies to Sue and Richard and Allen and Joan; to Elizabeth’s grandchildren Madeleine, Stephanie, Rebecca and Mark and to all her great-grandchildren, family and friends. It is lovely to have Sue, Richard, Madeleine and Stephanie here with us today. I know how close you all were and it is wonderful that you can join us this morning. I also would like to acknowledge the presence of some of Elizabeth’s dear friends, including former President of the Senate Margaret Reid, Danielle Hyndes, Jean Higgie and Sandra Purser. Thank you for joining us as we pay tribute as an Assembly to Elizabeth.

As many would know, Elizabeth was an integral member of the Canberra Liberals over many, many years. She was a foundation member of the ACT Division of the Liberal Party of Australia and her contribution to the Liberal Party and the Canberra Liberals, in particular, was immense.

Elizabeth was Chair of the Federal Women’s Committee of the Liberal Party from 1980 to 1985 and Convenor of the ACT Women’s Committee from 1977 to 1984. She was a Liberal member of the ACT House of Assembly between 1979 and 1982 and a candidate for the Federal seat of Fraser at the 1983 election, which of course was the same electorate that I stood for as a house candidate in 2013.


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