Page 2193 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 21 June 2011

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Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate (on motion by Ms Gallagher) adjourned.


Dr Mick Mickelburgh—death

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (9.45): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

It is with some sadness tonight that I express my condolences following the death of Dr Mick Mickelburgh, a valued member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal and a former psychiatrist member of the Mental Health Tribunal of the ACT. Dr Mickelburgh died on 13 May this year at the age of 88. I think it is appropriate tonight that we briefly mention and pay our respects to a man who tirelessly gave of himself to others as a highly respected psychiatrist.

Dr Mickelburgh was appointed as a psychiatrist member of the ACT Mental Health Tribunal in 1995 and had been a member since. He was appointed as senior member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal when it commenced in February 2009. Dr Mickelburgh continued to work in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal until a couple of weeks before his passing on 13 May. This is a testament to his tenacity and commitment to the highest standards of patient care and to providing support and guidance for those who came before the tribunal because of mental illness or impediment.

I know that I can speak on behalf of all tribunal members in that they valued greatly Dr Mick Mickelburgh for his expertise, professionalism and the compassion he lent to all mental health hearings. On behalf of the government I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family at this time.

Republic of Croatia—independence

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (9.46): This week marks the 20th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Croatia, and I just wanted to mark that. It was last night that I had the opportunity to attend an event at Parliament House hosted by the Australia-Croatia parliamentary friendship group and the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Vicencije Biuk, and I thank them for hosting that.

At that function Mr Josip Zivko delivered a speech which was extraordinarily eloquent. I want to quote from that speech tonight, because I think it sums up really well the story of Croatian Australians and how they have come to Canberra. It reads:

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