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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2076 ..

city and the continued efforts they are making to hold their political leaders, including all 25 of us, to account on the decisions we are making that will impact their futures.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Commissioner for Standards—member conduct

Statement by member

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (4.38), by leave: Madam Speaker, I want to make a statement regarding Ms Lawder’s statement after question time today. The matter that I believe Ms Lawder is referring to has been a point of discussion between Ms Lawder and I on multiple occasions outside committee meetings. The colleague I spoke to about these matters was the opposition whip. I spoke to them in my capacity as government whip. Before doing so, I raised the need to do this with Ms Lawder in the committee, and Ms Lawder raised no objections. Now that the matter has been referred, I would like to state for the record that I will participate willingly and fully in the process.


Motion (by Ms Cheyne) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.39): I am glad to be speaking directly after Mr Davis’s motion, because my adjournment speech speaks directly to his call to empower and celebrate young people in our community.

Last week I hosted a year 10 work experience student from Mount Stromlo High School in my office. I asked that student, June Jamieson, to do some research into the challenges and barriers of female leadership in politics. My speech today is written by June as part of her work in my office. She wrote:

The importance of female leadership and having women in political positions is immeasurable.

There has been much recent discourse about women’s safety—whether that be in relation to sexual activity, workplace culture or daily life.

It is clear, now more than ever, that we need more women to play pivotal roles in leadership and politics.

In Canberra, we are fortunate to have a legislative body with substantial female representation … Unfortunately, this is not the case for many other parts of the country; let alone our federal parliament.

Under-representation of females in politics and leadership positions, stemming from systemic and socio-cultural barriers, often results in poorer decision making on all levels of governance, and poorer outcomes for our community.

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