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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2202 ..

MR DAVIS: Minister, what or who are the current greatest threats to securing territory rights?

MS CHEYNE: There is probably a greatest hits list here. What is incredibly frustrating—

Members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, enough.

MS CHEYNE: Madam Speaker, I think that the greatest threat overall here is the conflation of voluntary assisted dying with our democratic rights and with restoring territory rights.

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, that is enough.

MS CHEYNE: Madam Speaker, I implore members of the federal parliament to be aware of this issue and to be aware of how it affects Canberrans, how it affects all of the citizens of the Northern Territory, and how unfair and untenable it is that our rights are different from those enjoyed by those in the states simply because something was inserted into our self-government acts more than 24 years ago. It is frustrating, it is sad, and there are people who are suffering as a result. It is those who cannot distinguish between the two issues and those who are not standing up for us, including the ACT Liberal senator in Zed Seselja, who could be actively campaigning for territory rights, but instead are actively campaigning against Canberrans, and thus abandoning them, that is so incredibly frustrating to many members here.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.


Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Auditor-General Act, pursuant to subsection 17(5)—Auditor-General’s Report No 7/2021—Procurement exemptions and value for money, dated 28 June 2021.

Bills referred to Committees, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 2 December 2020, as amended 30 March and 22 April 2021—Correspondence—


Carers Recognition Bill 2021—Letter to the Speaker from the Chair of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing, dated 6 July 2021.

Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2)—Letter to the Speaker from the Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services, dated 15 July 2021.

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