Page 3199 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 24 October 2023

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Tuesday, 24 October 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 Victor Marillanca

Motion of condolence

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism): I move:

That this Assembly expresses its deep regret at the death of Mr Victor Marillanca, a dedicated leader within the multicultural community and the longest serving volunteer presenting a Latin American program on Australian Community Radio, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

It is with deep sorrow that I rise this morning to mark the passing of Victor Marillanca, who, sadly, passed away on 26 September this year. I would particularly like to acknowledge the presence of Mr Marillanca’s family here in the chamber, his wife Kayleen, children Victor and Alyce, and the extended family and friends who have joined us this morning.

Victor was a much-loved, respected and valued member not only of the Canberra community but of the Australian and international community, and he will be deeply missed. From the moment he arrived in Australia in 1975 as a political refugee fleeing the Pinochet regime in Chile, Victor dedicated himself to the service of others in the pursuit of safety and of political asylum.

Outside his work as an Australian public servant and his love of family, Victor’s passion and dedication in supporting his community never wavered. His voluntary work for the Latin American community was focused on the fate of political prisoners in Chile, with Victor advocating and lobbying the Australian government for help in seeking their release and resettlement in Australia.

In 1976, he pioneered the first Spanish language radio program in the Australian Capital Territory, and 2023 marked 2XXFM’s Latino program’s 47th anniversary on air, making Victor the longest serving volunteer presenting a Latin American program

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