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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 5479..


The staff and volunteers of this great organisation continue to strive to improve their service delivery. This is seen through constant reviews of shopfront services, as well as constant monitoring and improvement of the websites and CONTACT online.

The CAB are also consistently involved in discussions with government sectors and the community, contributing to and participating in disability-related planning, positive ageing, discussions around affordable housing, homelessness, mental health, multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion, men's and women's health and wellbeing, community sector industrial reforms, the human rights consultation, a whole range of community information sharing forums, and the development of online information forums in areas such as mental health and disability services.

There are many people I would like to thank for their involvement in this great organisation. The president is Peter Collins. The vice president is Kate Lyttle. The secretary is Janice Beazley. The treasurer is Raami Rattur. The manager, ex officio member of the board, is Liz Howarth and the committee members are Peter Berentson, Pat Brown, Matthew Buckley and Paul Thompson. The staff manager is Liz Howarth. The volunteer shopfront coordinator is Jen Hutson. The database manager is Susan Kosonen. The database administrator is Aimee McLaren. The Access City Hotline project officer is Adrian Nicholls. The ACT Communities Online moderators are Susan Kosonen and Aimee McLaren, the policy and administration officer is Sarah Pau and the accountant/bookkeeper is Warren Turk.

There are also a number of volunteers and I would like to put on the record my thanks to Peter Berentson, Pat Brown, Deborah Burns, Norma Fraser, Peter Greenham, Lynne Grayson, Tony Hobbs, Ruth Hurrell, Penny Joy, Ann Junor, Carol Keil, Helen Knight, Karen Ragg, Barbara Richardson, Gillian Roberts, Beverley Shallcross, Carolyn Tweedie and Lyndall Young. I thank all involved for the invaluable role they play in helping Canberrans to navigate the many services which are on offer in our great community.

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (4.57): From 2 to 6 November the ACT Legislative Assembly hosted the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's 30th Australian and Pacific regional conference. It was a successful event and I think the delegates from both Australia and the region were positive about the experience they had while they were here.

I would like to thank the Assembly's staff, particularly the Acting Clerk, Max Kiermaier, the Acting Deputy Clerk, Janice Rafferty, and of course Celeste Italiano, as well as the rest of the staff in the Assembly who played a part, in some cases simply backfilling or covering the ongoing work of the Assembly while others were involved in the preparation of the conference.

During the conference I attended a session on climate change, particularly a presentation by Dr Mark Howden from the CSIRO climate adaptation national


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