Page 1401 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Mr Jayson Hinder

Motion of condolence

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly express its deep regret at the death of Mr Jayson Hinder, our friend, former colleague as Member for Ginninderra, and a lifelong Canberran who was committed to social justice and serving his community, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

Madam Speaker, today we mourn the loss of a friend and a colleague. Jayson Hinder was a lifelong Canberran, a community builder, a Labor Party stalwart and the former member for Ginninderra. Jayson’s passing has been met with shock and with grief by our community. The outpouring of public sympathy we have seen for his family and for his friends is testament to the mark that he left on our city and the way that he impacted on our lives. His story is one of resilience, of drive and of passion for this community.

Jayson was born in Canberra in September 1965. His parents, Richard and Colleen, were the second family to move into the Woden Valley. Jayson grew up in Canberra and he proudly called this city his home. He was, by any standards, a true Canberran.

To his colleagues it was clear that he loved this city. Jayson saw the values of inclusivity and equality that we cherish in Canberra as Labor values. The Labor cause was one that he championed throughout his life. Starting his political career as a Country Labor campaign organiser in Yass, he had since served the Labor Party as part of numerous federal, state and territory campaigns in local sub-branches and on policy committees.

He was immensely proud to have been elected as an MLA and he saw territory politics as the best way to achieve outcomes for his community. During his time in this place Jayson championed many causes. He wanted to see an interconnected, vibrant and prosperous city. He fought for his constituents and he wanted to ensure that our laws made the lives of Canberrans easier and more satisfying.

Jayson was motivated by a fundamental commitment to fairness. Speaking to a group of young scouts from Amaroo before last year’s election, Jayson expressed his view of the purpose of government and the role of the politician. He told the group:

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