Page 664 - Week 02 - Thursday, 20 February 2020

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The provisions in this bill will strengthen and improve how our cemeteries and crematoria are managed in the ACT. Our community can be confident that there are services available that will meet their needs and that all people will be treated with respect and dignity under this law. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Ms Pattie Tancred—retirement

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, before I give the minister the call to move the adjournment, I want to make some remarks about the retirement of the Assembly’s Editor of Debates, as today is the last sitting day on which she will be working for the Assembly, and her last working day will be tomorrow.

Pattie Tancred commenced working in the Assembly in 2004—before most of us were here, I would imagine. Although she did leave the Assembly on two occasions, accompanying her husband on overseas postings, she has heard many words spoken in the Assembly, along with all of the interjections—Pattie, you are a brave woman—committee hearings, and more than a few unparliamentary words. Readers of the internal publication of the Assembly, Assembly Matters, also know her as the Word Fairy, a logophile or a lover of words, who has enjoyed testing us all with sesquipedalia or very long words indeed.

Having been born in Queensland, Pattie is retiring back to Queensland to escape the Canberra cold. On behalf of all members, I would like to thank her for her work in the Hansard booth behind us over many years, making our speeches read far better than when we delivered them here in the chamber. I wish her all the best in her retirement. I am sure you would agree.

Members: Hear, hear!


Motion (by Mr Ramsay) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Multicultural affairs—Jewish primary school

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (5.16): On many occasions I have spoken about the importance of maintaining and preserving culture. Research on this point is very clear:

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