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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4937..


presided over by Bishop Pat Power and was opened by Gai Brodtmann. I would like to thank, firstly, the school captains. From my list, there seem to be four of them. I hope that is right. Sophie Barton, James Achilleos, Kate Washington and Grace Lustri all represented the school so well.

I would like to thank the principal, Mr Brad Gaynor, and the assistant principal, Anne Gowen, as well as the REC, Darren Roberts, and the coordinator, Narelle McFarlane, who I think put together a wonderful service for the occasion. Mrs Mary Dorrian, the head of religious education and curriculum services at the Catholic Education Office, was also there. And I think that we can certainly pay tribute to what is a wonderful addition to Sacred Heart school.

But I would also like to pay tribute to the contribution Sacred Heart school makes to the broader Canberra community. I know that Brad Gaynor does a sensational job in leading the school community. It is a beautiful sized school. I think it is one of those schools that are not too big or not too small, and we see that in much of the Catholic sector. But there in Pearce, Sacred Heart, I think, is making a major contribution to the life of our community.

I would also like to briefly pay tribute to and thank the community at St Francis of Assisi primary school in Calwell. I had the opportunity to attend the official opening and the blessing of their new facilities there and that was presided over by Father John Armstrong and Gai Brodtmann. I would like to thank the master of ceremonies, Mrs Kate Markcrow, the assistant principal. Mrs Heidi D'Elboux, who is the chair of St Francis of Assisi Community Council—and we have had a bit to do with them—does a wonderful job.

The acknowledgement of country was done by Simone Duckers and Taya Rake. We had Moira Najdecki, Director of Catholic Education, give an address and Mr Dave Austin, the principal, gave the vote of thanks. Dave Austin is someone whom I have a lot of time for. He does a sensational job leading St Francis of Assisi. He is a relatively young principal but does an extraordinary job. And I know how committed he is to his school community and to serving his school community. So I thank him, in particular. I pay tribute to the architects, Erik Inner and Bob Sly from Munns Sly and Associates; builder, Tony Molica from Boss Constructions; and Peter Clarke and Maureen McGrath from the Catholic Education Office who assisted.

I think it is another example of a wonderful school in the Tuggeranong valley, St Francis of Assisi primary school. Again, all of the students represented their school beautifully. So I would like to pay tribute to Dave Austin and the entire school community associated with St Francis of Assisi primary school.

Select Committee on Privileges 2011

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.40): I wish to bring to the attention of the Assembly the good work of the privileges committee that is currently undertaking an inquiry. I received an email yesterday afternoon that the committee had approved submissions and posted them to the web. I checked the web this afternoon and there are four submissions: one from me, one from the Auditor-General, one from the Chief


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