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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4794..

Retired Army officers, wives and widows 34th annual dinner

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (5.16): I rise tonight to talk about a function that I attended on 13 October which was the retired Army officers, wives and widows 34th annual dinner. The dinner was held at the Royal Canberra Golf Club and was organised by Alan Hutchinson.

It was a tremendous evening, with great comradeship enjoyed by all of those that were present. It is an event that has been going, as it says in the title, for 34 years, which is quite an achievement. I would like to note many of the very well renowned military officers that were there on the evening. I particularly make mention of Major General Bill Crews (retired), the former president of the RSL, who was sitting at my table. I enjoyed a pleasant evening with him and his wife and others.

I would like to also particularly thank Alan and his wife Beth for the tremendous effort that they made in organising the evening. A special treat at the end of the evening was a gift that had been put there for all of the wives and widows by Beth. Every year apparently the gift is different and is a treat that the wives and the widows look forward to, and Alan was generous enough to give me one of the spare ones to take home for Fleur, who had been unable to attend the evening. It was a beautiful crystal perfume bottle; I think that would be the best way to describe it.

It was a great night, with great comradeship, and I hope I am available to attend the 35th retired Army officers, wives and widows dinner next year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.19 pm until Tuesday, 25 October 2011, at 10 am.

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