Page 2893 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 19 September 2023

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Tuesday, 19 September 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.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Barr (Chief Minister) for this sitting due to his attending ministerial duties.

Mr Domenic Mico OAM

Motion of condolence

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly expresses its deep regret at the death of Mr Domenic Mico OAM, a leading figure of Canberra’s arts and multicultural community, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

It is with deep sorrow that I stand before the Assembly today to commemorate the passing of Mr Domenic Mico OAM. Whilst we are all mourning, we are taking the chance to celebrate the richness that Domenic brought to all of our lives. Domenic, a distinguished figure in our community, departed this world on 12 September 2023. I extend my heartfelt recognition to Domenic’s wife, Vicki. I also acknowledge the presence of other dear family members and friends who are with us today and those who are watching online.

Domenic was born in the province of Reggio Calabria, in Casignana, Italy, in 1946. He embarked on a journey of migration to Australia with his parents during the fifties. Over the years he dedicated himself to the pursuit of knowledge, engaging in studies in community theatre and visual arts in Italy, immersing himself in various forms of

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