Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2023 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 August 2023) . . Page.. 2331 ..
Wednesday, 30 August 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.
Mr Graeme Neate AM
Motion of condolence
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction): I move:
That this Assembly expresses its deep regret at the death of Mr Graeme Neate AM, President of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.
Members of the Assembly, today we mourn the loss of Mr Graeme Neate AM, President of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, an exceptional human being, an esteemed member of the Australian legal community, and a dedicated and kind leader.
We are joined in the Assembly today by his wife, Jenny, and colleagues from the ACAT. Watching online are Graeme’s daughter, Lara, his son, Lachlan, and his sisters, Margie and Yvonne. Graeme commenced his legal journey here in Canberra, where he studied at the Australian National University and served as an associate for the Honourable Justice McGregor of the ACT Supreme Court.
Graeme would go on to have an illustrious career, which spanned decades of work in advocating for native title rights and making contributions to the interests of Australia’s traditional owners, a passion ignited from the time he began working with Justice John Toohey, the then inaugural Aboriginal Land Commissioner. Graeme would go on to become the president of the National Native Title Tribunal, serving on that tribunal for 17 years, including spending 14 years of those as its president.
Indeed, Graeme was awarded a Centenary Medal for service in 2003 for his presidency of the National Native Title Tribunal. Graeme’s significant contribution to