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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 12 Hansard (13 November) . . Page.. 3600..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

They got hold of the Southern Cross Club for the night, they found a beaut bunch of sponsors, and they gathered enough items for a live auction of 13 items-and Robert Evans is to be congratulated for the way he conducted the live auction. They managed to gather up another 60 items for a silent auction. Then they managed to fill the room full of people. They managed to get Michael Whitney down as the guest MC, and he brought his kids and his partner and they joined in and made it a wonderful evening.

But what they managed to do was educate a lot of people about cerebral palsy and what it is that we need to do. I just want to read a little bit from what Leah Boulding said:

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank each of you for attending ...

I would like to tell you about an event that recently changed the lives of my family.

My husband Darren and I have six young children, ranging in age from 10 years to seventeen-month-old twins. One of our twins, Chelsea, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 5 months of age. Chelsea will never walk unaided. As you can imagine, this was life altering news for our entire family. When Chelsea is 3, a Hart Walker may give her a chance to walk independently, these currently cost $10,000 each.

It is my hope that tonight you will be able to assist our family and the Spastic Centre of the ACT by helping us to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy and much needed funds for Hart Walkers.

So there is a response that I think is worthy of praise. There is a lady who has been able to con the Southern Cross Club, ZOO, Lindemans, Schweppes, Trendsetting, ClubsACT, framemaker picture framers, FM 104.7, the Canberra Times, Southcorp Wines, and Carlton United into coming up with the goodies.

She managed to then get more than 73 other really valuable items to be donated. Then she filled a room full of people with enough cash, who very generously bought the lot. The money raised was exceptional, and then she gave it all away to other kids of families that needed it more than her own. I think that is the sort of generosity that separates Canberra from the rest of this country.

Surveillance cameras

Gungahlin Drive extension

MR HUMPHRIES (Leader of the Opposition) (9.16): I just want to respond to something that was said in debate, I think it was yesterday, by the Chief Minister. Actually, it was question time. It was a question about the use of surveillance cameras and Mr Stanhope made the comment in the course of his remarks that it had been a recommendation of a committee chaired by Ms Follett in the Assembly which had led to the setting up of security cameras in Civic during the Third Assembly.

Mr Speaker, I have gone back and checked the record and I just want to correct the record. First of all, the committee to which Mr Stanhope referred was the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs. In fact, it was chaired by Mr Osborne, not by Ms Follett. It reported in September 1996 in a report entitled The electronic eye-inquiry into the


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