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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2084 ..

MS MacDONALD (continuing):

I was at the point of saying that Canberrans pride themselves on being a progressive, educated and sensitive people. Today, I challenge this Assembly to give Canberrans progressive, educated and sensitive leadership to address indigenous health failings. The well-being of indigenous people in Canberra goes far beyond public importance. It is a matter of cultural and social importance. In fact, it is a matter of respect and national and international leadership.

I invite and challenge following speakers to recognise the cause and effect of indigenous health concerns, and cooperatively move towards solutions. I am happy to say that the speakers who followed me in the MPI debate took up that challenge.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you for your brevity, Ms MacDonald.

University of Canberra

MS TUCKER (6.57): Mr Speaker, I just want to clarify or correct something I said earlier today in question time. I was asking a question about the University of Canberra Union, which I incorrectly referred to as the University of Canberra Student Union. I just want to correct that because it is quite significant in terms of the structure of that union.

Her Majesty the Queen-golden jubilee

MR PRATT (6.57): Mr Speaker, I rise briefly to congratulate the Queen-the Queen of Britain and the Commonwealth, and the Queen of Australia-on a successful golden jubilee. For many Canberrans, the Queen is an extremely important person and it was nice to see Australian involvement at the jubilee, the most colourful of which was the penultimate performance by Dame Edna Everage during the rock extravaganza when, as a salivating Sir Les Patterson, she invited the Queen to come onto the stage.

Mr Speaker, I think it would be appropriate that the house acknowledge and congratulate the Queen and the people of Britain on a fine performance.

Ms Marguerite McKinnon

MR HARGREAVES (6.58): Mr Speaker, I will be brief. I just want to make sure the record shows that this Assembly appreciates the services of Marguerite McKinnon. Marguerite has had heaps of years with WIN. She was dogged, fair and entertaining. She gave us a tough time and a good time, and she added an enormous amount to the quality of media representation in this place. It will be sad to see her go.

We wish Marguerite very well when she goes to 2UE. I would like the record to show that every member in this chamber will miss her smiling face at the camera.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.59 pm until Tuesday, 25 June 2002, at 10.30 am.

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