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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3310..


In conclusion, I was very pleased to be part of the awards ceremony for the babies in beanies photo competition. The work carried out by the neonatal intensive care foundation contributes to our wonderful hospital and is greatly appreciated.

World Youth Day

Legislative Assembly—printed material

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (6.06): I recently had the opportunity, along with Dr Bourke, to farewell some of our World Youth Day pilgrims from Canberra. There are a number of Canberrans and people from our surrounding area, the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, attending World Youth Day in Madrid, and it was a great pleasure to see them off at the Rheinberger Centre a couple of weeks ago. I was jealous of them. It sounds like a lot of fun, and I am sure that those who go will have a great time.

But I would like to say that the welcome we received from Archbishop Coleridge and, indeed, from the Catholic Life Office and from Daniela Kesina and Shawn van der Linden was wonderful. I pay tribute to them for the wonderful work that they do. I think that these people are great ambassadors for Canberra and for our surrounding region. So we should be very proud of them going to Madrid on our behalf and representing Canberra, and I am sure that they will represent us very well.

I also wish to make a statement in relation to the circular to members yesterday. It was brought to my attention that there was, as reflected in your letter, Mr Speaker, a printing mistake made by a staff member in my office that saw material produced that was not within the guidelines of the Assembly. I subsequently asked for a report on the issue, and this was submitted to the Speaker on my authorisation and expressly confirmed by me personally.

I am advised the material was printed by a new staff member who had received an ambiguous instruction relating to printing from a USB flash drive where two documents were printed instead of one. One of those documents was an acceptable document relating to the business of the Assembly. The other was printed in error. The material was not distributed or used in any way. While I am satisfied there was no malicious intent to this issue and it was an honest mistake, it serves as a timely reminder of how diligent we all must be in this place.

At my instruction, all offices of the opposition have been reminded once more that, though mistakes can occur, I will look dimly on any further lapses in either attention to detail or judgement, whatever the circumstances may be. I offer my apology to the Assembly and thank the office of the Clerk for their assistance in resolving this issue.

Organ donations

Mix it Up exhibition

Canberra Multicultural Environment Garden

Arthritis ACT

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (6.08): I want to briefly mention some events I have been to quite some time ago but have not had the opportunity to mention. First, I


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