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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 22 March 2018) . . Page.. 993 ..

These are serious matters but they send a clear message of what level of behaviour is and, more importantly, is not acceptable in the conduct of this business. I hope that this will serve as a reminder for members that threats to other members of this Assembly in the conduct of its committees are not acceptable. I look forward to the final vote on this motion. It has been a fairly tedious process but I think the right outcome has been arrived at at the end of the day.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I would like to pass on our collective thanks to Mr Mark McCrae, a previous Clerk of this place, who has been beavering away in the chamber lounge offering support to our Acting Clerk, Ms Agostino, who has been with us for a short time only but was Acting Clerk this week. It was an interesting week for her to be here, I believe.

Also, members, for your information, given the noise that we experienced at question time, you will be interested to know we finally signed off this morning a protocol between the Chief Minister’s department and the project management team and the Office of the Assembly. If there are any comments or thoughts you have on the level of noise during question time please pass them through to Scott Howard but we will able to manage that clearly through those protocols as we move forward here.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

International Women’s Day

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (4.48): In the wake of International Women’s Day we have heard from the Assembly throughout this week about how important gender equality is to the prosperity of our community and the many steps this government is taking to support women and girls to reach their potential. International Women’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women in our community. We heard from the Minister for Women throughout the week about the incredible achievements of this year’s ACT young woman, senior woman and woman of the year, two of whom I am lucky to know personally. These women are tireless in their efforts to improve conditions for all women, and we extend our gratitude to them for the positive change they are creating.

International Women’s Day is just one day but it is a reminder of the important roles women play every day. In the spirit of recognising that, I want to use this opportunity to briefly bring to the Assembly’s attention some more women who in the past year have made a difference from my electorate of Ginninderra.

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