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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 22 April 2021) . . Page.. 1031 ..


Thursday, 22 April 2021

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.

Absence of Clerk

Mr Deputy Speaker informed the Assembly that, due to the absence of the Clerk, the Deputy Clerk would act as Clerk.

ACT Integrity Commissioner—appointment

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (10.02): I seek leave to move a motion concerning the appointment of the ACT Integrity Commissioner.

Leave granted.

MS BURCH: I move:

That this Assembly, pursuant to subsection 25(3)(b) of the Integrity Commission Act 2018, approves the appointment of the Honourable F Michael Adams QC as the ACT Integrity Commissioner.

I wish to advise that, following a recruitment process conducted in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Integrity Commission Act and the Integrity Commissioner selection criteria and process determination of 2021, I propose to appoint the Hon Michael Adams QC to this position.

Justice Adams has had a long and distinguished legal career. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988, was chairperson of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission between 1996 and 2006, and was appointed as Justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court in 1998. He became the head of the New South Wales Law Enforcement Conduct Commission in 2017. As members will be aware, he has been acting as the ACT Integrity Commissioner since January this year.

I am delighted that Justice Adams has agreed to this appointment. In proposing the appointment, I have undertaken the prescribed consultations with party leaders and


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