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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 November 2021) . . Page.. 3453 ..


Tuesday, 23 November 2021

MR ACTING SPEAKER (Mr Parton) (10.01): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi wanggiralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and they translate to:

This is Ngunnawal country.

Today we are all meeting together on Ngunnawal country.

We always respect Elders, female and male.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence for this sitting be granted to Ms Berry and Ms Lee for COVID-related reasons and to Dr Paterson for personal reasons.

Motion (by Ms Clay) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Braddock for this sitting for family reasons.

Petition

The following petition was lodged for presentation:

Government—complaint resolution—petition 32-21

By Dr Paterson, from 518 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that although we are rightly proud of our Human Rights Act, we are concerned that it does not contain an accessible complaints mechanism. The Human Rights Act was drafted to protect individuals against violations of their human rights by government and government agencies but fails to provide an accessible way to make complaints about breaches.

Currently, there is no accessible way for people to enforce their rights under the ACT Human Rights Act. If a person’s human rights are breached by ACT


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