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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1560..


MR SPEAKER (continuing):

are dealt with pursuant to standing order 276 where a member might write to me about something that he considers to be a matter of privilege. There is much detail in the standing orders about how those matters are considered; otherwise standing order 39 will give members some guidance, and so too will standing order 61.

Community events

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (6.05): I would like to mention a few events that I have had the pleasure of being involved with or that I am about to experience. Last week, I launched Dance Week at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets. I would like to thank Ausdance and the Efkarpidis family for their support of Dance Week. The ACT government also contributed to the launch. There was a very good selection of fresh food on offer during the dances that were put on by a number of different groups, in order to show people not only that dance was a healthy activity but also that eating well and eating fresh fruit and vegetables was a healthy activity. It was a really good mix of those two themes. On the weekend, I attended a great event conducted by the motorbike fraternity of our community. I am sure Mr Gentleman will talk about that, so I will leave it to him to talk about it.

Ms MacDonald: You're in trouble now!

MS PORTER: No, I just mentioned it very quickly. I will leave it to him. I congratulate all those who were involved in that event. This morning, I represented the Chief Minister at the launch of the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal for this year. Their target for this year is $2.1 million and I am sure they will reach that, with the generosity of Canberra people. Their theme this year is: "We are all in this together". Indeed, we are all in this together. As I said at the launch, the line between coping and not coping is a very fine line and it can be blurred by a moment in time. I would encourage everyone to get involved in the appeal, as the government already has. Finally, as usual, Greening Australia is conducting a tree planting in the Cotter on the weekend in order to help to celebrate Mother's Day.

Mr Gentleman: Bullock Paddock Road.

MS PORTER: It is in Bullock Paddock Road, in case you want to get there. Mr Gentleman will give you full directions on how to get there, but I am sure it is on their website in any case. I am going up there, so I will have to find out where Bullock Paddock Road is. I am pretty sure we have been to that area before and we have planted there before. The idea behind celebrating Mother's Day in this way is to be able to remember your mother, if she is no longer with you, as is the case with my mum, who has passed away, or indeed to think about your mother if she is in another state, another country or maybe is unable to be with you for other reasons. I would encourage everyone to get involved because many people who never get involved in plantings do get involved on Mother's Day.

Gas-fired power station

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (6.08): I rise to round out a couple of matters that I really wanted to cover in this morning's debate about the power station project which may


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