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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) . . Page.. 3557 ..


Wednesday, 24 November 2021

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.01): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

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

This is Ngunnawal country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

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 be granted to Ms Lee, Ms Berry and Dr Paterson for today for personal reasons.

Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.02): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion. At its private meeting on 16 November 2021, the committee discussed the inquiry into racial vilification referred to it by the Assembly on 11 November 2021.

The committee’s inquiry and reporting will investigate the prevalence of incidents of vilification and threats of physical violence in the territory, based on racial, linguistic, ethnic or religious background and status as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, and the effectiveness of mechanisms for reporting such incidents. The committee intends to hold some of its hearings out in the community for this inquiry, to enhance its reach and accessibility.

The committee’s terms of reference for the inquiry are available online. Submissions for the inquiry opened on Monday, 22 November 2021 and will close on 31 January 2022. Hearings for this inquiry will be conducted across February, March and April next year. The committee will report to the Assembly before 30 September 2022.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (10.03): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to


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