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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 August 2018) . . Page.. 2579 ..

There is no scope for any debate to proceed on the bill until a later sitting of the Assembly, Mr Gentleman. In his remarks, Mr Gentleman noted comments in Mr Coe’s speech. He stated, “Contrary to comments made in the speech,” before being asked to resume his seat. If there were remarks made during Mr Coe’s speech that Mr Gentleman thought were not correct, there were other avenues through standing orders 46 or 47 that could have been utilised, or a member may seek leave to make a separate statement to the Assembly.

Mrs Dunne then asked me whether Mr Gentleman had been speaking to the bill and whether this meant that he would need to seek leave to speak to the bill when it came back to the Assembly. As there is no scope for the bill to be debated after it has been introduced, Mr Gentleman cannot have been speaking to it. He will have the normal time allocated to him, should he seek the call, when the debate resumes on the bill at a future date. But it is good practice to follow the rules of engagement.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Australia Colombia Friendship Association

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (6.01): July 21 is the winter solstice, the shortest, darkest day of the year and often one of the coldest. This year it was also the date on which the Australia Colombia Friendship Association, in collaboration with the Embassy of Colombia in Australia, hosted a celebration in honour of Colombia’s Independence Day, which actually occurred one day earlier.

Let us just say it was decidedly not dark or cold inside the church hall that served as the venue for this colourful event. Colombia is rightfully known as one of the most visually vibrant countries in the world. A simple Google image search for Colombia brings up thousands of images of houses with brightly painted buildings and multicoloured doors. These photos come from a number of Colombian cities and towns, though one Lonely Planet writer has suggested that the small town of Guatape may be the most colourful town in the entire world.

Though not reflected in the actual architecture, these beautiful colours of Colombia were on full display at the Independence Day celebration that it was my privilege to attend. Amazing traditional dances, for example, were performed by members of the Momposina Colombian dance group, arrayed in stunning multicoloured clothing, accompanied by enchanting music performed by Mi Hermano y Yo.

Lending a different kind of colour to the night was the fact that the entire event was emceed in Spanish. I did not understand much of what was said, but my guest and I certainly enjoyed ourselves immensely. Topping off the evening was tasty and again colourful food and drink, including Colombian chorizos, bunuelos and almojabanas. My favourite refreshment was a beverage made from a native South American fruit

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