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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 4 Hansard (24 March) . . Page.. 1237..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

It goes on and on. What we have from this government is wasteful measure after wasteful measure, particularly in the way they deliver new initiatives.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: The time for this discussion has expired.


Motion by Mr Hargreaves proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Catholic Schools Week

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (4.28): Madam Deputy Speaker, one of the great pleasures in having been elected to the Legislative Assembly is the opportunity to meet an incredible cross-section of our community, especially in my shadow portfolio areas of disability, sport and recreation, multicultural affairs and, of course, education and training. Indeed, I am looking forward to meeting finally in the next few weeks with the principal of the new Kingsford Smith school in Holt.

It was my great pleasure this morning, at the invitation of school principal Mr David Austin, to attend a community breakfast at St Michael's primary school in Kaleen in honour of Catholic Schools Week. I would also like to acknowledge the presence at the celebration at St Michael's of Ms Moira Nadjecki, Director of the Catholic Education Office, and Mr Mark Hogan, Deputy Director of the Catholic Education Office. Also, it was good to see a very good representation from parliamentary colleagues at St Michael's, including the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Zed Seselja, and the Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope. Senator Gary Humphries and the Hon Bob McMullan were also there, along with many other representatives of the community. David Austin was proud to relate the history of St Michael's, including that it is in its 27th year, after opening in 1982, and that it currently has 212 students from 145 families.

Catholic Schools Week is celebrated every year across the nation and is a great way to celebrate the important part that Catholic schools play in and the contribution they make to our communities. Across the ACT this week Catholic schools will all be participating in their own individual ways, with events ranging from concerts and performances to fundraising activities and open days which showcase what the Catholic schools have to offer.

The theme of Catholic Schools Week this year is "youth in action". David Austin, principal of St Michael's, welcomed the week as an opportunity to strengthen relationships between all who have an interest in Catholic schools—students, staff, families, parish members and the wider community.

There are 55 Catholic schools across the Canberra-Goulburn archdiocese. The Catholic Education Office website tells us:

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