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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 4385..


Politicians regularly get asked to speak at community events, present awards, attend openings and participate in charity events, whether they be singing bees, golf days, auctions, dinners et cetera. However, being asked to take part in the bachelor of the year event certainly came from left field. The event supports a very worthy cause and promises to be a light-hearted, fun and profitable evening held in good taste with proceeds going to support those in our community doing it tough as a result of cancer. So I happily accepted the invitation to take part in the event.

I am sure those opposite will have a bit of fun with this one—and perhaps even those a little nearer to home. In fact, I am quite sure that people nearer to home are already having some fun with this one. But jokes aside, it is a very worthy cause that we are raising money for, and I am very happy to cop a bit of flak over it.

Whilst I realise that this is not everyone's cup of tea, I am confident about the spirit in which the event will be run. I think it is a great opportunity to raise money from attendees at the gala night who are not necessarily engaged on Canberra's existing fundraising dinner circuit. To date more than 400 people have bought tickets for the event, to be held at the Hotel Realm on 14 October.

In addition to me, the guys taking part are Michael Bailey, Daniel Barboro, James Boyce, Tom Burbige, Jason Davonport, Duke Didier, Shaun Fensom, Trent Kingi, Michael Kucharski, Kenny McDonald, Mal Osborne, James Rush, Markus Schuermann, Richard Wark and Luke Wittle.

I would also like to thank the sponsors that have come on board so far. They are, in no particular order, the Canberra Times, WIN Television, Artespresso in Kingston, Thoroughbred Park, Zanebono Advertising, Next Hair, Club Lime, Platinum Exclusive, Balagova Makeup Artistry, Sybil's Closet by Danielle, Allbids.com.au, TheGlass.com.au, Hotel Realm, Urban Pantry, Off London Hair, Canberra Weekly, Viktoria Novak Design, Bowtie Promotions, Rod Sheather Constructions, Maxim Chartered Accountants, Top Notch Property Investment, Ray White Canberra, OutInCanberra.com.au, Balls n' all, Kiwi G, Rainmaker Cloud Computing, Servcorp, Glamour by A'imee, and Nomad Photography.

I also thank the individuals and organisations that have helped me with my fundraising to date; I will acknowledge their support at a later date. Of course, anyone wanting to support the very worthy cause should visit canberrasbacheloroftheyear.com.au or contact my office. Again, I would like to thank Danielle Neal and Erin Molan for all the effort they are putting into making this event a success.

Baha'i community in Iran

Eid-ul-Fitr festival

Tharwa fair

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (9.08): I have previously spoken in this place about the situation of the seven Baha'i leaders detained in Iran who have spent several years in jail without formal charges or access to their lawyers. On 8 August this year the


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