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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2425 ..


wonderful constituents. It is always a joy to chat with people and engage with them on the work that I and the rest of the ACT government are doing for the people of Yerrabi.

On 22 July I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Eastlake Football Club Pride Game match. This took place at the rainbow roundabout in Braddon. It involved a jumper, which I got to unveil, specifically for the game. Despite the actual game being postponed because of the weather, it was an absolute honour to see the Eastlake Demons and the Ainslie Football Club come together to celebrate and support LGBTIQ players. An initiative like this benefits both LGBTIQ players and the broader community, as it harnesses the power of sport to help ensure that every Canberran feels welcome and a sense of belonging. I do take the opportunity to point out to Eastlake and Ainslie that they are not in my electorate and, while I did very much appreciate what they were doing and supported it, I still am the No 1 ticket holder of the Gungahlin Jets.

I was very pleased to join the Jets for their High Flyers Ball on 31 July. The High Flyers Ball happens every year, where the club gets together and celebrates the season. The highlight of the night this year, though, was something that has never happened in Jets history, and that was a proposal between two Gungahlin Jets players. I give a big congratulations to Josh and Shay on their engagement. The engagement only added to the enjoyment of the night, with the great food, drinks and wonderful company.

Shay was particularly surprised and the whole club managed to keep it a secret from her even though all the women’s football teams were invited up the front to have a photo with Shay, who is usually in the back because she is taller, called to the front to make sure that Josh had a place to propose. It was a wonderful moment for the club, and we look forward to wishing them all the best in the future.

Lastly, I give a shout-out to Katie, who during our last sitting week was in my office doing work experience. Throughout the whole week Katie was diligent, kind and determined to learn about the whip duties that arose during the sitting week. She concluded her work with exceptional quality and showed genuine interest in how the Assembly works.

Katie, I hope you had a wonderful time and learned heaps. It was an honour to have such a hardworking and passionate young woman work alongside us here in the Assembly. My advice to any young woman who is contemplating pursuing a career in this industry: go for it.

Taxation—rates

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (4.52): I rise frustrated. In the midst of a global pandemic where the Australian federal government should be focused solely on rolling out the vaccine and protecting Australians from a deadly virus, they are instead more focused on tax cuts for the wealthy and a complete abdication of the progressive tax system that Australians have built—on the principle that a fair contribution from each person according to their income will enable us to build a more equitable and just society. It is disappointing that the two old parties think that tax cuts for the rich serve any


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