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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 4121..


I would like to speak of an event I went to in commemoration of September 11, on Sunday, 11 September. I note that Mr Doszpot was also there. It was a program for a peace and harmony interfaith gathering hosted by the Canberra Interfaith Forum. It was very much about representing all religious groups and having them speak. There were some very salient words from the speakers on working towards peace and not allowing vengeance to take hold in that process.

The faiths represented and the people who spoke were the Baha'i faith, Mr Foad Khorsandi; Brahma Kumaris, Robyn Horton; Buddhist, Ven Tenpa Bejanke and Ven Than Luong; Christian, Bishop Pat Power; Hindu, Pandit Pradeep Bhat; Islam, Mr Ahmed Youseff; Jewish, Alan Shroot; Pagan Awareness Network, David Garland; Quakers, Margaret Bearlin; Sathya Sai, Dr Pal Dhall; Sikh, Manjit Gilhotra; and Sukyo Mahikari, Kazuhiro Fukui. I would like to congratulate the Canberra Interfaith Forum again on putting together a wonderful event in their interfaith garden, which they launched a few months ago.

I would also like to briefly speak on something else. Last night, 19 September, I attended the Lanyon high restaurant. The food and hospitality 2 class is a vocational education training class that enables students at Lanyon high to work towards completing a statement of attainment in certificate 1 in hospitality. The qualifications that the students achieve in this class are recognised nationally throughout the hospitality industry. There are 19 students enrolled in the class this year. Part of their commitment to the class is to dedicate time outside their normal class hours in order to build on their practical time.

The restaurant will be open tonight—it might be a bit late for some people to go tonight—and tomorrow night, Wednesday the 21st. It will be open to patrons from 6.30 to 8.30. All food and service are carried out by hospitality students. All the money raised in the cafe and restaurant goes back into the hospitality department at the school to upgrade equipment and supplies for hospitality students.

I would like to congratulate the Lanyon high hospitality teacher, Cathy Wyatt, who has done a wonderful job in putting this together, and all the students involved. I have to say that they did a wonderful job with their cooking. I certainly could not have cooked like that at that age in high school. It is wonderful that they are doing this, that they are getting these qualifications. I wish them all the best with not just the restaurant but their future studies.

ACTTAB Tony Campbell memorial race day

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.23): On Friday, 2 September I, along with a few of my Assembly colleagues and many members of the community, attended the sixth running of the ACTTAB Tony Campbell memorial race meeting at Thoroughbred Park. The Canberra racing community and friends have celebrated the life of Tony Campbell every year, at the race day in his name, since his untimely death in 2006. As we know, Tony Campbell was the race caller at Canberra for 26 years and was widely recognised as the voice of regional racing. ACTTAB has sponsored the memorial race day since the inaugural event and, along with the other sponsors of this year's event—


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