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Thursday, 20 February 2020

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J 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.

Matters of public importance

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, before I call the Clerk, I want to say that this morning, when I considered the matters of public importance that had been lodged by members, there was one matter that was submitted by Ms Lawder that was in identical terms to the one submitted by Mr Milligan and debated on Tuesday.

As stated in the Companion to the Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly, the Speaker has the power to determine whether the matter proposed is in order and, as indicated in the House of Representatives Practice, the Speaker has the discretion to disallow an MPI that substantially has the same wording. As the matter was discussed only two days ago, I did not include Ms Lawder’s in the MPI draw this morning.

Can I remind members to be aware of the MPIs that are selected and that, if you have one in the pool, so to speak, you are mindful that it may be disallowed, and to change it appropriately. Thank you, members.

Ministerial delegation—New Zealand

Ministerial statement

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events, Minister for Building Quality Improvement, Minister for Business and Regulatory Services and Minister for Seniors and Veterans) (10.02): I am pleased today to report to the Assembly on my recent mission to New Zealand in November last year, in my capacity as Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events, and Minister for Seniors and Veterans.

New Zealand is identified in Canberra’s international engagement strategy as one of our key markets. The purpose of our mission to New Zealand was to learn more about Whanganui as a restorative city, to learn more about Rotorua as a dementia-friendly city, to observe an established drug and alcohol court in action, to discuss the implementation of New Zealand’s living standards framework and wellbeing budget and to meet with Wellington City Council to discuss the success of the Canberra Wellington Indigenous artist exchange, as well as visiting a number of other New Zealand arts organisations.

The delegation consisted of me, my chief of staff and the assistant director, arts policy in artsACT. In Whanganui I met with 20 representatives of restorative cities Whanganui, including district council members, local iwi, and restorative justice facilitators, administrators, practitioners and champions. Whanganui, along with Hull

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