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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 279..

The Association participates in Commemoration Ceremonies throughout the year, including the RAAF Anniversary Ceremony, Anzac Day ... the Battle of the Coral Sea, Korean Veterans Day, Vietnam Veterans Day, Battle for Australia and Remembrance Day ...

ACT Division is active in the ex-service community and attends briefings on special topics by Department of Veteran Affairs and attends other ex-service commemorations.

The lunch that I attended was a most informative briefing by Graham Bentley, an ex-Air Force officer from Lockheed Martin, on the joint strike fighter project. It was very interesting, very informative and I certainly appreciated it. I will mention the committee in a minute, but I would just like to mention that I sat next to Harrie Holt, who is an organist of some renown, but relevant to the RAAF Association is that he is an ex-World War II pilot.

I would just like to commend the committee, in particular the president, Mr Peter McDermott, who is very active in the veterans' community and a range of organisations across the ACT community; the-vice presidents, Group Captain Arthur Skimin and Group Captain Doug Hurst; the secretary, Wing Commander James Elsbury; the treasurer, Squadron Leader John Magro; and the directors, Lance Halvorson and Gwen Kirk.

Salvation Army

Hawker village

MR COE (Ginninderra) (9.28): I rise this evening to acknowledge the great work that is being done at the Salvation Army store at Mitchell and, indeed, at all the Salvation Army stores across the ACT and the country. I had the opportunity to see firsthand the work being done at the store in Mitchell a few weeks ago. At the invitation of Judy and Sue, two of the volunteers at the Mitchell store, I was very pleased to go out and see for myself the very good work that is being done by them and the many others who give up their time on a regular basis.

Judy and Sue are just two of the many volunteers who work at the 106 stores throughout Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT. Combined, these stores have contact with over 12,800 customers and many, many donors. The Mitchell store is managed by Karen Thornby, who looks after all the volunteers and the day-to-day management of the store.

Members of the public are encouraged to donate used furniture, clothing and household items to the Salvos where it is then sorted and distributed or sold to raise funds for all the worthwhile programs that the Salvos are behind. I encourage all Canberrans to support the Salvos and spare a thought for the hours of work put in by the scores of people behind the scenes who sort out what is left in and around charity bins in and around the city. I thank all the volunteers for the wonderful work they do.

Mr Speaker, I would like to put on the record a few words about Hawker village and the Hawker community. The recent announcement by the minister that the plans to

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