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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 2996 ..


One of the things that we have done in the ACT is to try and make the right spaces available so that when those things happen there is somewhere that people can go and reflect, and go through that process. I was one of the members of the committee that helped to choose some of the artwork that went into one of those rooms at the birth centre at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. We spent a lot of time in that committee reflecting on the diversity of different cultural backgrounds, the different ways that people might be grieving and what they might need in that moment, in order to try and choose artworks that were appropriate for everyone and would make those spaces feel welcoming and safe for everyone.

Having a remembrance day means that we are all able to mark that day with conversations about what this means for our community and our families, and how we can better support each other when those things happen. I am very glad that we will have a pregnancy and loss remembrance day, and that we can all be participants in these conversations and work through all of this as a community so that no-one ever needs to feel alone in that situation.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (12.23), in reply: I close this discussion by thanking members for their heartfelt contributions today and reinforcing this Assembly’s support and love for those impacted by pregnancy and infant loss. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MADAM SPEAKER: I thank members for coming together on such a significant and important matter, and for the respect that was shared.

Sitting suspended from 12.24 to 2 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (2.00): Minister Steel will be absent from question time today. Ms Berry will be taking questions in his place.

Questions without notice

Budget—business support

MS LEE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, I refer to the observation of Dr Jane Rennie of CPA Australia that the ACT budget provides “insufficient support for business”. She also states:

Tellingly, the budget speech only mentions business twice, in the context of existing supports, and doesn’t specifically mention small business.

Chief Minister, given the commonwealth grants are paying for half of the COVID business support grants, why doesn’t your budget provide more support for small business?


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