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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 3020..


MR SESELJA (continuing):

Executive Officer, Australian Crime Commission; John Falzon, CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society National Council; Pawl Cubbin, CEO of ZOO; Duncan Paterson, CEO, CAER—Corporate Analysis; Cindy Young, Manager, National Convention Centre; Andrew Fagan from Brumbies Rugby; Andrew Sykes, Director, RSM Bird Cameron; Ged Stenhouse, Director, RSM Bird Cameron; Rodney Miller, Director, RSM Bird Cameron; and Bob Wilson, CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society. All of those participated in the sleep-out.

Not on the list was Joy Burch, but I understand she also participated; I saw her there, so well done. To all of those who participated and raised a lot of money for a fantastic cause, well done, and again well done to all those who donated money and to all of those who work for St Vincent de Paul doing such a fantastic job in our community.

Reserve Forces Day

MR COE (Ginninderra) (11.10): I rise tonight to commend former and serving reservists in the Australian forces. I have the utmost respect for the men and women who sacrifice so much in order that we might enjoy the freedoms we have in this country. On Saturday, I had the privilege of laying a wreath on behalf of the opposition at the Reserve Forces Day 2010 62nd anniversary commemorative ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. Unfortunately, the ACT shadow minister for veterans affairs, Jeremy Hanson CSC, MLA, and the Leader of the Opposition, Zed Seselja MLA, were unable to attend.

At the service we were welcomed by Colonel Joe Johnson, CSC, AAM, RFD, ED (Retired) and heard a message from the Prime Minister read out by Senator Lundy. Senator Gary Humphries was also present. A prayer was read by Pastor Wayne Lyons of the National Servicemen's Association, and Sergeant Nigel Webster of the 4th/3rd Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment, addressed the service.

Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO, RAN (Retired), National President of the Returned and Services League Australia, gave the commemorative address. I congratulate him on the work he does and wish him, the National Secretary, Derek Robson AM, and the rest of the national executive well for the upcoming national congress in Dubbo, New South Wales.

I would also like to thank the band of the Royal Military College of Australia, the Australian Rugby Choir, the tri-service flag party and Lance Piper Geoff See from the Australian Federal Police Canberra City Pipes and Drums.

The service was an opportunity to thank, commemorate and celebrate the commitment of so many fine men and women that have served in the reserves. Like previous years, 2010 will see parades taking place at many locations across the country, including in each state and territory capital and many regional centres.

This year it will be just over 60 years since the part-time forces were re-formed after World War II. In those 60 years reservists have been volunteering to serve overseas, from the early United Nations missions in Korea to the current overseas operations.


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