Page 3258 - Week 10 - Thursday, 25 August 2005

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A prominent Ngunnawal elder has responded by seeking a right of reply in this place to debunk what she regards, I think, as an inherently racist attack on her very existence, on her Aboriginality ...

That is precisely what the Ngunnawal elder told me she thought of the comments of Mrs Burke. But I withdraw unreservedly any suggestion or imputation that I was alleging that Mrs Burke was racist. The comment that was made to me by the Ngunnawal elder was that she thought Mrs Burke’s comments were inherently racist. But I accept your ruling, Mr Speaker, and withdraw.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: the normal form of this place is simply to withdraw the comment.

MR SPEAKER: But there have often been occasions when people have a comment to make about points of order. I merely make the point that it remains unparliamentary to use in this place words from another person’s mouth. Thank you for withdrawing that, Chief Minister.


Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile—June quarter 2005.

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 24 (8)—Cultural Facilities Corporation—Business Plan—2005-2006.

Mr Quinlan presented the following paper:

Territory-owned Corporations Act 1990—Pursuant to subsection 19 (3)—Statement of Corporate Intent—ACTEW Corporation Ltd—2005/06 to 2008/09.

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

ACT Mental Health Strategy and Action Plan 2003-2008—Progress Report—July 2005, dated August 2005.

Health—Standing Committee

Report 8—government response

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): I present the following paper:

Health—Standing Committee—Report 8—A pregnant pause: the future for maternity services in the ACT (Fifth Assembly)—Government response, dated August 2005.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

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