Another busy sitting week in the Assembly

February 20, 2020

And that's another three parliamentary sitting days down for the year! (How is it late February already?!)

This week in parliament I:

  • presented a Bill with the view to having organ and tissue donation recognised on death certificates, and for donor families to receive an acknowledgment letter from the Chief Minister (if they wish)
  • highlighted why the regulatory reform proposed in the Cemeteries and Crematoria Bill 2019 is so critical. A good deal of the Bill focuses on on cemeteries and crematoria having minimum standards for maintenance and record-keeping, with penalties where this isn't achieved. Sadly, this is sorely needed following Norwood misplacing and - in the case of Eddy Mol's son - losing ashes. We need to ensure this never happens again. (The Bill passed.)
  • spoke in support of our nurse-led walk in centres (which I know you love as much as I do! Sadly the Shadow Health Minister does not agree)
  • asked 10 questions in Question Time
  • drew on my experience this past Sunday at a death cafe and the need for greater death literacy in our community
  • outlined my support for the significant changes contained with the Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 and the Heritage Amendment Bill 2019 (both passed)
  • was appointed to the estimates committee, which will review the 2020-21 ACT Budget
  • congratulated¬†Florey Neighbourhood Watch¬†and the Florey Primary School on a hugely successful Fabulous Florey Community Fair
  • spoke on behalf of the Administration and Procedure Committee in explaining a recent report to do with the Latimer House principles (basically how we run things as a parliament)