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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1220 ..


In the last 32 years, the electoral system has evolved from a single electorate to three electorates and now to our current five electorates of Brindabella, Ginninderra, Kurrajong, Murrumbidgee and Yerrabi, each with five members.

A total of 89 members have been sworn into the Assembly. I would like to thank all of them for their service and the contributions they have made to the governance of the territory. I also thank their staff, who are an integral part of running any member’s office.

I would like to thank the people who have kept the Assembly running smoothly. Without them, we would be quite a disorganised rabble at times, I suspect.

Mr Parton: Or even more so than we are.

MADAM SPEAKER: Perhaps, Mr Parton.

I also thank the staff of the Assembly secretariat, now the Office of the Legislative Assembly. Last, but not least, I acknowledge the people of the ACT. We come here every day to represent them, to do them well, and to provide service to them.

Thirty-two years. Who would have thought?

Paper

Out-of-order petition

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (10.05), by leave: I table the following out-of-order petition:

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Gungahlin—Union Land Playground—Shade sail—Ms Orr (101 signatures).

I seek the leave of the Assembly to make a very brief comment on the petition.

Leave granted.

MS ORR: This is a petition by Mary, who is one of the residents bordering the park. She, along with her neighbours, felt very strongly about getting better shade for the area and spent the summer collecting these signatures. She approached me, in my capacity as a local member, asking how she could deliver the petition.

I am very glad today to be able to table the petition and I thank the Assembly for its indulgence because it is an out-of-order petition. I look forward to working with the minister in representing these matters.

Crime—sexual assault

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and


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