Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2023 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 14 September 2023) . . Page.. 2811 ..
Thursday, 14 September 2023
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.01): 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 now that we stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Mr Barr for this sitting due to his attending ministerial duties.
Motion (by Mr Braddock) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Ms Davidson for this sitting due to illness.
Legislative Assembly—unparliamentary language
Ruling by Speaker
MADAM SPEAKER: Yesterday during debate on the motion concerning payroll tax on GPs, Mr Barr took a point of order concerning comments made by Ms Castley and claimed that he had been grievously misrepresented. Ms Castley indicated that she was a quoting from some of the GPs that have been reported in the public arena.
The quote which Mr Barr raised was:
The idea from Mr Barr that GPs lack motivation to do anything, let alone bulk-bill, is absolutely outrageous.
I undertook to review Hansard and, if needed, come back to the chamber to deal with the matter. As members will be aware, standing orders 54 and 55 state:
A Member may not use offensive words against the Assembly or any Member thereof or against any member of the judiciary.
All imputations of improper motives and all personal reflections on Members shall be considered highly disorderly.