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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 9 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 3822..


MS PORTER (continuing):

working with the Village of Hall and District Progress Association on plans for the restoration of the important historic community facilities for some time. I was pleased to see the result of this work. I thank Alastair Crombie, the president of the association, and his fellow members for the work they have undertaken to research the history of these and other facilities in Hall and the way they have worked with the Labor government to achieve this outcome.

The afternoon was made all the more enjoyable as the official launch was immediately followed by a concert by the award-winning Hall village band. The band well deserves the accolades it receives. Mr Coe was at the launch and enjoyed the concert too. I think he would agree that it was a really fine performance by that band.

Another event that was taking place, of course, on Sunday afternoon that maybe reduced the number of people that might have come out to Hall to enjoy the fantastic brass band was the all-important rugby league game that was going on at Bruce, which was of course the Raiders versus St George, in front of a crowd, I believe, of 20,000 strong. Of course, the Raiders trounced St George. I congratulate them on their fine record of success not only on that day but also in recent games and wish them all the best for future games.

Vietnam Veterans Day

Federal election

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (5.25): Last week I had the opportunity to attend a ceremony at the Vietnam veterans memorial on Anzac Parade for Vietnam Veterans Day. It was a truly splendid occasion, as it is every year. We had the great honour of it being the last year when we welcomed home the remaining two missing-in-action members from that war, two members of the No 2 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, who had been lost in Vietnam and had been recovered. That was a very special moment for the families and it was a very special moment for their colleagues from the squadron. I would like to congratulate Pete Ryan from the Vietnam Veterans Association and all of the others who were involved in organising a terrific event once again.

I would also like to mention some activities that occurred on Saturday for the federal election. I was working on a booth in Curtin. I would like to pass on my congratulations to the booth workers from the Greens party, the Labor Party and, of course, our own supporters from the Liberal Party, for the very good conduct of everybody there and the collegiate manner in which everyone behaved. It really was a great thing to see democracy in action. Although we have our political differences, obviously, and it was a very unpleasant day in terms of the weather—

Mr Barr: They had a good barbecue though, didn't they? I found my egg and bacon roll there was very good.

MR HANSON: The food was very good from the P&C at the Curtin primary school. They put on a good bacon and egg roll. I would just like to mention John and Patrick from the Labor Party, who were there early, and John's wife, who turned up later, and Carl, who was scrutineering with me—all in a very good fashion. We had Michael


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