Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 14 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 4233..
That the motion be agreed to.
The Assembly voted—
Ayes 8: Mr Coe Ms Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall
Noes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury
Question so resolved in the negative.
Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.59): This afternoon I rise to speak about the widespread devastation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Yolanda. In 2009 I spoke in the Assembly about the damage, trauma and rebuilding efforts brought about by Typhoons Morakot and Ondoy. Four years on Filipinos are suffering once again. As has been widely reported, wind speeds of over 300 kilometres an hour were recorded as the Typhoon Yolanda moved across the central island of Samar. To date more than 5,000 people have died and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, have been displaced due to the damage caused by the storm system.
The resilience of the Filipino people is on display with governments, businesses, charities and individuals doing what they can to help attend to those affected and to commence the clean-up. One such charity which is doing a huge amount on the ground is Gawad Kalinga, an organisation I have proudly spoken about in the Assembly before.
GK are drawing upon thousands of volunteers to prepare and distribute thousands of food packs that include bottled water. They have set up packing centres in Manila and have partnered with shipping companies to transport the food packs at no charge. They will also provide volunteer teams to help with cleaning up, counselling services and housing reconstruction. GK have already contributed around 100,000 food packs and are projecting that there is demand, which they hope to meet, for another 100,000 packs.
Of course, large-scale humanitarian missions such as this require thorough coordination and dedication by staff and volunteers alike. I commend all those in the