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Wednesday, 25 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.

Legislative Assembly—questions without notice

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: I have spent some time reflecting on yesterday’s question time. I have been considering the application of standing order 117(b)(vi), which stipulates that questions shall not contain hypothetical matters. A number of the questions that were asked yesterday contained words such as “may result in increase in drug use”, “further potential increase in workload” and “possible increase in violence”.

It is absolutely, entirely legitimate for members to query ministers as to whether the government is indeed prepared for such a significant change in law of the territory, but I remind members to consider how they frame their questions in future. I will leave it at that.

Coroner’s report—inquest into the death of Christiaan Adriaan Roodt—government response

Ministerial statement

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) (10.02): I rise today to present the ACT government response to the coroner’s inquiry into the death of Adriaan Roodt.

I begin today by acknowledging the life of Adriaan Roodt. Adriaan’s passing on 18 October 2018, while playing “capture the flag” with friends at school, was an unnecessary tragedy. He was 17 years old. Last week Adriaan’s family, friends and loved ones commemorated the five-year anniversary of his death. Then, today, and at many other times during the past five years, my thoughts have been with Adriaan’s mother, father and sister. I extend to them my deepest condolences. I know that Adriaan’s death has had a lasting impact on their lives, as well as the lives of every


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