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The apology has not solved all the problems of disadvantage, racism and trauma that I spoke of. But I and the Greens believe it remains an important symbolic milestone on the journey towards truth, justice and reconciliation. We can, and we should, work towards addressing the problems of disadvantage and inequity whilst also working towards symbolic change.

Today as we reflect on the wrongs of the past we should also celebrate the resilience of the stolen generations and all those who have come after them. Today we can celebrate the strength of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together for a better future.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Order of the day—postponement

Ordered that order of the day No 1 executive business be postponed until a later hour.

Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Debate resumed from 14 September 2017, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (11.28): I would like to take this opportunity to say that the Canberra Liberals will be supporting the bill with the proposed government amendments. The bill is obviously a mixed bag of tidy-ups and changes agreed through COAG, some of which make more sense than others. However, issues do arise from time to time as we try to modernise our laws and keep up with the modern use of firearms, as we have seen with this bill.

I acknowledge that there will be amendments to the explanatory statement and the inclusion of the term “detachable” when referring to centre-fire rifle magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. There will also be an effort to clarify the definition of an antique firearm: one which the community understands is not going to be used, has no intention of being used, and is perhaps better described as a collector’s item.

I have put amendments to the Assembly that I will not be moving at this stage—they were around the definition of an antique firearm—because the government has at the same time produced something similar. However, I maintain that the amendment that I have proposed is a very simple and straightforward definition, eliminating the scope for confusion or misrepresentation.

I will be carefully watching the space to see how those who are owners of antique firearms, particularly certain types of pistols, are treated and whether there is an expectation placed on them that what was considered previously to be a non-used antique firearm now becomes something that there is an expectation to have a licence for.

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