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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 8 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3445..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

amendments Nos 3 and 4, the concept of territory law embraces an act of the Legislative Assembly and not an act of the commonwealth parliament. Changing the phrase "territory law"to "law applying in the territory"will address this issue.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 14, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr John Hargreaves

Diabetes ACT

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (5.59): I just want to say a few words today about one of my colleagues in the Assembly, one of my opponents, Mr Hargreaves. Recently I attended a citizenship ceremony at which Mr Hargreaves presided and I just want to give credit where credit is due. I think that John Hargreaves at that citizenship ceremony—as he has done in many cases—showed not just his commitment to multiculturalism and to welcoming new citizens in Canberra but real grace and dignity. He not only was particularly welcoming of both Senator Humphries and me at that ceremony and of course all of those who were becoming citizens on the day but he also showed an extraordinary flair for firing up the crowd and for getting the new citizens saying things like "g'day"all together.

He does have a particular ability, I think, and I would just like to give credit where credit is due. I think John Hargreaves, when it comes to these citizenship ceremonies in the ACT, is the master. I have done them and I am not as good as John Hargreaves. So I would like to put that on the record. I think he did an outstanding job and I think that all those who were there were very impressed and felt very welcome. He put a smile on many faces that day. So credit where credit is due: to John Hargreaves.

I would like to quickly talk about Diabetes ACT. Recently, I had the opportunity to launch a new children's book called Posh Pear, which is designed to educate children in an interesting and engaging way about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables. It was quite an honour to be there. I was asked to do so by Diabetes ACT. The author, Catherine Chapman, has put it together and it is an original approach to help educate children about food habits and the importance of eating five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit a day. And we know that setting good food habits at a young age is proven to reduce the incidence of lifestyle diseases like diabetes and heart disease later in life.


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