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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 126..

we look after the animals in the ACT that are on our watch. It would be great if the federal government were putting more energy into this but, as they are not, the animals that are in the ACT are our responsibility.

National Service Day

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (6.15): I rise this evening to recognise a ceremony that I attended on Sunday evening with the National Service and Combined Forces Association of Australia, Canberra and districts branch. It was a memorial service to mark the sixth National Service Day for those who served.

The ceremony was conducted at the Tuggeranong town park, at the memorial there for that association. The ceremony was led by the branch president, Mr Wal Beckhouse; the service was very well conducted and well attended. The occasion address was provided by Lieutenant Wayne Carney and the service was led by Captain Nigel Roden. There were a number of prayers: for the nation by Tim O'Halloran, for the Defence Force by Kevin Benson and for peace by Brian Tink. There were a number of floral tributes laid. The lament which was played was done most beautifully by Michael Challon, and the last post was played equally well by Captain Mark Everett.

The cadets from Training Ship Canberra, the Navy cadets, and from 334 Squadron, Air Force cadets, combined for the catafalque party. I have now seen them at a number of parades and they performed extremely well. I pass on my thanks to them.

I would like to also recognise the attendance at the parade by General Adrian Clunies-Ross and Mrs Clunies-Ross. General Clunies-Ross is the national patron of the National Service and Combined Forces Association of Australia. I was very privileged to be welcomed as the branch army and political patron of the ACT branch of the association.

I would also like to recognise the role that John Hargreaves has played with the association over a number of years, although he was not present on Sunday.

The members of the association committee are the president, Wal Beckhouse; vice-president, Laz Csibi; vice-president, Brian Tink; secretary, Kevin Benson; treasurer, Neal Gist; and assistant secretary, Alan Williams; and Norm Barty, Brian Freeman, Rob Tompsett and Ted Fitzpatrick.

After the ceremony there was a barbecue, with some great food provided—a sausage sizzle with some tremendous salads. I got a chance to meet the members and their partners, and a most enjoyable time was had by all.

I again salute the members of the National Service and Combined Forces Association of Australia, ACT branch, for the great efforts that they have made and for the tremendous ceremony they conducted on Sunday.

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