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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4817..


Ayes 4: Ms Bresnan Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Mr Rattenbury

Noes 12: Mr Barr Ms Burch Mr Coe Mr Corbell Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Ms Gallagher Mr Hanson Mr Hargreaves Ms Porter Mr Seselja Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion negatived.

Adjournment

Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Self Help Organisations United Together open day

Women's Royal Australian Naval Service Association

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (9.05): Mr Speaker—

Mr Barr: You've been to an event?

MR HANSON: I have been to many events. I do not simply go to events where there are media opportunities. Often I will go to events that do not suit. You probably would not understand that.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Self Help Organisations United Together open day, that is, a SHOUT open day, and pay a visit to their facility in Pearce. The open day that they held was at the Weston Creek Community Centre and the awareness day was an opportunity for the self-help and support groups to showcase and celebrate the valuable and indispensable work that they conduct for the wellbeing of the community.

Margaret Reid, former senator for the ACT, spoke, and the 2010 edition of the ACT directory of self-help support groups and community services was launched. Copies were made available free on the day. Twenty-two groups were present and I had the chance to meet all of the groups. I must say that I was very impressed with what I saw and with the people I met—people out in the community helping each other in the most commendable way.

The groups represented included the ACT Down Syndrome Association, the ACT Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society, the Asthma Foundation of the ACT, the Arthritis Association of the ACT, Autism Asperger ACT, Better Hearing Australia Canberra Support Group, Bosom Buddies, the Canberra/Queanbeyan ADD Support Group, Friends of Brain Injured Children, Heart


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