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Thursday, 4 June 2020

The Assembly met at 10 am.

(Quorum formed.)

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.

Republic of Kiribati—election of first female Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I would like to make a brief statement acknowledging the recent election of the new Speaker of the parliament of Kiribati. On 22 May, the parliament of Kiribati elected the Hon Tangariki Rete as their new Speaker. Ms Rete’s election is particularly notable as she is the first woman to be elected Speaker in Kiribati history. It is important for us to recognise this occasion, not just due to the enduring relationship between our two parliaments through the CPA’s twinning program, but also to celebrate the achievements of women in Pacific politics. I have written to Speaker Rete communicating the best wishes of this Assembly on her election. I look forward to working with her and to our continuing relationship with the parliament of Kiribati.


Madam Speaker presented the following paper:

Electoral Act, pursuant to subsection 10A(2)—Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the 2020 ACT Legislative Assembly Election—A special report by the ACT Electoral Commission, dated 25 May 2020.

COVID-19 pandemic response—update

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children, Youth and Families and Minister for Health) (10.05): I rise today to update the Assembly on the current status of COVID-19 in the ACT and the measures put in place by the government to prepare and protect the community.

I am happy to advise members that since my last update to the Assembly there continue to be no active cases of COVID-19 in the ACT. This means that, as of 3 June 2020, and indeed as of this morning, I am advised that the ACT has had a total of 107 laboratory confirmed cases and, sadly, three lives lost.

Importantly, the ACT’s testing rates remain strong and provide further evidence for our gradual, careful relaxation of the public health restrictions that kept our

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