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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 141 ..


hear from Dr Paterson. At the end of the day, it does not really surprise me, considering her history, that she has entered into this debate, but she has done so in a very sensible and level way.

The size of the amendments is enormous. The fact is that I was presented with them as I stood to debate the motion. There are some good things in this. There are some really good things and there are some bad things; but there is no point in undertaking the exercise of going through the amendments clause by clause. As a consequence, we cannot support them.

Question put:

That the amendments be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 14

Noes 7

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mr Cain

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Ms Castley

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mrs Jones

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mrs Kikkert

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Ms Lee

Mr Gentleman

Mr Parton

Ms Orr

Amendments agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Inaugural speeches

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call Dr Paterson, I remind members that it is traditional that inaugural speeches be heard in silence.

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.57), by leave: I begin today by acknowledging the traditional custodians, the Ngunnawal people. I pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging and those that are here today and online. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

I am so proud to stand here as a member for Murrumbidgee. I am privileged. Thank you. The campaign period was a rather rushed “get to know you”, and now, people of Murrumbidgee, we can really get to know each other. I will invest time to build relationships, to build your trust and to demonstrate that I will be a fearless leader for our community.

I understand that we do not all have the same views. However, what I promise you is that I will listen. I know I have something to learn from every conversation and I will


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