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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Hansard Week 13 (10 November) . . Page.. 4770..


MR SESELJA (continuing):

Today I had the opportunity to attend the Canberra Big Aussie Swap party held just around the corner here in Civic and hosted by Lend Lease and Jones Lang LaSalle. It is part of National Recycling Week and it was an opportunity to go and swap things; the opportunity to give something away and see what else was there.

Mrs Dunne: My cricket bat.

MR SESELJA: I did give away a cricket bat but I am not quite sure what we got in return; I did not have a chance to hang around. But it is a fantastic event. Recycling is critically important. It is important that we see leadership not just from government. Here we are seeing leadership from the business community, who are coming to the party and giving the message about recycling.

We all recycle. We recycle through our regular recycling collections, but there are all sorts of other ways to make better use of our resources, and this swap meet is an opportunity for people to do that: to give away things that they no longer want to someone who wants it and to see something that they may want. I would like to pay tribute to Martin Heal and to Kim Host who did the sensational work in bringing the swap meet together.

I understand there were other swap meets taking place around the country simultaneously, in Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Melbourne, Wollongong and Coffs Harbour, among others. So congratulations to Jones Lang LaSalle and congratulations to Martin and to Kim for showing leadership in the community in National Recycling Week, showing that it is not just about government action but also about community action.

Dr Margaret Keaney

Ms Dianne Proctor

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo-Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (4.39): I rise today to record for the Assembly's information the passing of two very significant women from our community. The first is Dr Margaret Keaney who, as many in this place will know, was the director of the emergency department at Calvary Public Hospital from 1980 until 2002. She also worked for some time at the Canberra Hospital emergency department. I think it is fair to say that Dr Margaret Keaney was a highly respected doctor in the ACT right across the field, certainly for her clinical skills, her leadership skills as not only a clinical leader but in terms of managing a diverse workforce, and her passion for teaching and her teaching skills.

Margaret and her late husband Jim, who was also a doctor and director of the intensive care unit at the Royal Canberra Hospital and later at Calvary Public Hospital, will be remembered fondly by many in the ACT. In their honour, the Keaney Building stands on the Calvary Public Hospital site as a lasting reminder, an acknowledgement and a legacy of the contribution that they made to the people of the ACT through their long-serving commitment to the public health system.


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