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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 6034..


administrative capacity to provide regular support and is a leading figure in the expansion of the club and its interests.

Margaret Kennedy was another recipient. Margaret is a former nurse and educational researcher. She has been a member of the management committee, the special events committee and a foundation member of the beading activity group. She is also a keen bridge player and has shared her skill and enjoyment with many interested members and supports the fundraising efforts with skill and enthusiasm.

I would also like to pay tribute to the President of Woden Seniors, Anne Murray AM. The fact that Anne takes such time and effort to not only act as president of this society but to make sure that others are recognised for their contributions as well is the mark of a true leader, and I would like to pass on my personal congratulations and thanks to Anne.

The Woden Seniors is a strong community organisation and has been described by many leaders in the community as a leading seniors organisation in Australia. It is a place for activity, friendship and support and an organisation the government should support on a regular basis. I congratulate all of those recognised with certificates of appreciation, and I thank the group for allowing me to attend and share for a brief moment their successes. I wish the group and all its members all success for the future.

I also had the opportunity last week to attend the opening of the new facilities at St Thomas the Apostle primary school. I was joined by Gai Brodtmann, Steve Doszpot, Amanda Bresnan and a number of others, including local parish priest Father Peter My and Father John Woods. The event was emceed by Mrs Christine Lowe and hosted by the principal, Mrs Judy Spence.

I would like to pay special tribute to St Thomas the Apostle primary school. St Thomas the Apostle is my old school, and it was a wonderful opportunity to go there and visit. The school is looking fantastic. It is a fantastic school community, and I was particularly excited to meet with my year 2 teacher, Mrs Mulheren, who is still teaching at St Thomas the Apostle. She has been there for about 30 years. Congratulations to Colleen Mulheren on her service to the school and on the contribution she made to me and so many other students who have passed through St Thomas the Apostle.

St Thomas the Apostle is a wonderful community. It makes a great contribution to education, particularly in the Tuggeranong Valley but more broadly in the ACT. I congratulate Mrs Judy Spence on a wonderful school. The children behaved beautifully at a very long ceremony. It was a credit to them, to their teachers and to their parents. I congratulate St Thomas the Apostle on its amazing contribution to Canberra.

John Curtin School of Medical Research

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (9.14): I would like tonight to talk about a function I attended at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, the "Meet the director"breakfast, on 26 November. The event was held at the school in the Vanilla Bean Cafe


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