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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 7 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2145..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

It is a scheme that is now going into its second year, with every indication that it is going to assist people who need this assistance into what is still very much, I suppose, that great Australian dream of all of us - ultimately to own our own home.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hird) adjourned.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Rock Eisteddfod

MRS LITTLEWOOD (6.48): I rise to alert the house to the considerable talent of Canberra high school and college students, in particular those in the Tuggeranong Valley. I had the honour to attend the Rock Eisteddfod last evening. Of the 25 prizes that were won, nine went to the Tuggeranong Valley. I congratulate the young people who were involved. The grand winner was Lake Tuggeranong College, which also won four other prizes - for best costume design, best drama skills, best lighting design and most entertaining. Erindale College won fifth prize, plus two other awards - for best student choreography and best audio and visual effects. Wanniassa High School won the special performers' choice award.

Members of our community who like to continually denigrate our young people may care to go to this event next year and just look at the energy, talent, motivation and sheer ability of these young people. They were outstanding. I would like to congratulate all of those who were involved - the students, the parents, the teachers, the schools and the sponsors. It was a brilliant night, and I congratulate these young people for their efforts.

Uranium Mining

MS REILLY (6.49): I want to bring to the attention of members a very serious issue. It is not happening in the ACT, but it is something that affects all of us. For some reason that absolutely defies understanding, the Federal Liberal Government is considering again mining uranium at the Jabiluka site in the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. I do not know how many members here have been to that area; but, having lived in the Northern Territory, I have visited the Kakadu National Park on quite a number of occasions. In fact, I was privileged enough to visit it before it was a national park and to camp in various areas, even near the site of this mine.


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