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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1010..


MR SPEAKER: Order! Members, you ask Mr Stanhope questions-

Mr Humphries: And get no answers.

MR SPEAKER: We will go through this at every question time if you like. I am not in a position to force Mr Stanhope to utter your words. You would like to see him immolate in front of you, I am sure, but he is not going to do that. I think that is pretty obvious, so would you please give him a chance to answer the question without the strong interference you are trying to run. You complain that he cannot answer the question. I suggest to you it is a bit hard to answer the question in the face of that barrage.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will say no more than that, in terms of the work I do, the hours I work and the number of organisations and individuals I meet, I will match myself against anybody in this place at any time. I make the point again that the Labor Party has three members in Brindabella, which is significant. They are all devoted to their electorate. They are all regular attendees at the Tuggeranong Community Council. Indeed, Mr Hargreaves advises me that he has been, for between 13 and 15 years, in unbroken membership of the Tuggeranong Community Council. He is one of the longest continuing members of the council. The Labor Party has very significant ties with, and constant representation at, the Tuggeranong Community Council.

I will use my best endeavours to meet with the Tuggeranong Community Council when it is consistent with my diary commitments.

National Youth Week

MS GALLAGHER: My question is to the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services. As the minister would be aware, National Youth Week, a week of events aimed at encouraging young people to share ideas, participate in their communities and have a say on issues of concern to them, is taking place this week, celebrating diversity and achievement by young people in the community. Can the minister tell the Assembly about some of the events occurring this week and how the ACT government has recognised the contribution of young people and is supporting the youth week initiative?

MR CORBELL: This week is National Youth Week, a very important event. It is a period to highlight, recognise and further engage young people and the contribution they make to the Canberra community. National Youth Week kicked off last Sunday. I was very pleased to see my Assembly colleague Helen Cross at the National Museum last Sunday for the launching of youth week. There was an excellent turn-up at that event. It was the biggest launching ever and included the announcement of the name of the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year as well as some provoking and thoughtful performances from a local youth theatre group.

Youth week will continue for the remainder of this week. This morning I launched Confest 2002 at the Galilee youth haven on Kambah Pool Road, Kambah. Confest is a program put together by Galilee, the Tuggeranong Community Arts Centre, Winnunga Nimmityjah and a number of other organisations to highlight the cultural and artistic contributions that young people make in the Canberra community and show that, through artistic and cultural engagement and involvement, young people can not only make


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