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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1890..


I would like to acknowledge the current Strathnairn Arts Association committee members, including the president, Anita McIntyre, the secretary, Trenna Langdon, the treasurer, Elizabeth Jermyn, general members Carole Osmotherly, Robin Errey, Carolyn Fitzpatrick and Vivien Lightfoot, and the administrator, Leah Molony. I would also like to acknowledge the manager-caretaker of the facility, Michael Sainsbury, who has been a major part of Strathnairn for the past 20 years. I encourage everyone to take the time to visit the Strathnairn website. They can find out more information at www.strathnairn.asn.au.

Mr Speaker, I would like to acknowledge the ACT antique and collectables fair which took place early last month at the Albert Hall. Thanks to the continuing hard work of Les Selkirk, Robert Harris, the Rotary Club of Canberra City, Rotaract and many other individuals, the fair is now enjoying its 25th year of operation and is considered among antique dealers and collectors as one of Australia's top antique fairs.

The fair is traditionally held at the iconic Albert Hall each spring and autumn and organisers are already working towards next year's fairs. I know Les would like me to stress here on the public record that the certainty of the availability of Albert Hall is crucial to the ongoing success and reputation of the fair.

The Rotary Club of Canberra City has assisted with the fair for more than 15 years and, as a result, it has raised more than $450,000 through the modest entry fees, raffles and proceeds from lunches and morning and afternoon teas in the hall's supper room. The autumn fair raised around $8,000, providing to ACT Zonta clubs to support local women in adverse circumstances and provide scholarships for young women studying in non-traditional professions. I look forward to the spring fair and encourage all Canberrans to attend. Again, I commend the Rotary Club of Canberra City for the work it is doing.

Scarlet Road

Belconnen Arts Centre—exhibition

Mental health—young people

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (6.39): On 5 April I had the great honour of hosting a screening of Scarlet Road here at the Assembly. Scarlet Road is about a quite extraordinary person, Rachel Wotton, whom I met on the day. She is a sex worker and her clientele are primarily people with a disability. It is an extremely heart-felt and touching documentary. I know it brought tears to a lot of people who were watching it just to see what a wonderful person Rachel is in the work she does and in advocating for the rights of people with a disability.

I congratulate the sponsors of the documentary: Paradigm Pictures, Touching Base Inc, AIDS Action Council, Sex Workers Outreach Project of the ACT and Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT. I note that Touching Base is a charitable institution that has been active since October 2000. Touching Base developed out of the need to assist people with a disability and sex workers to connect with each other, focusing on access, discrimination, human rights and legal issues and the attitudinal barriers that these two marginalised communities can face.


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