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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1808..


moving part of the ceremony at the event, and I would like to share some of their stories in this place with you, Madam Speaker.

Rory Chevalier spoke about the day his mother passed away. His mother, Julie Hart, had a brain aneurism of which she was unaware and which ruptured. Julie was an organ donor and in death was able to give life to six people who may have died without transplants. She also was able to give the gift of sight to four other people through eye tissue donation.

Bradley Stanley spoke of receiving a liver transplant at the tender age of three. He is now a well-developed teenager with an articulate mannerism and a positive, zesty outlook on life. Without the transplant from a donor who registered themselves and kept their family informed, he may not have made it to his teen years.

I would like to thank all of the people who helped in the organisation of this event and also those who participated. In particular, these are all of the transplant recipients and donor families. Your attendance shows your commitment to others who find themselves in the position of either making the decision to donate a loved one's organs or needing a transplant and being able to receive one due to the selfless decisions of others. I thank Kylie Downes, manager of DonateLife; Dr Greg Hollis; Ms Yael Cass, CEO of the Organ and Tissue Authority; Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker; Mr Ray Dennis, CEO of Calvary Health Care; Shaune Gillespie, CEO of Calvary John James Hospital; Dr Andrew Skeels, director of Clare Holland House; Ms Holly Northam, associate professor at ANU and previous donor coordinator; Brad Rossiter, president of the Eurobodalla renal support group; Steve Williams, co-founder of Aussie Transplant Mates; David O'Leary, president of Gift of Life; and all the staff from the ACT Health Directorate, including the staff from the ED and ICU, and the theatre staff.

And, of course, I thank Rory Chevalier, Bradley Stanley and the other people who told their stories, for bravely sharing in the effort to promote organ donation and save lives in the future.

Australian National University—School of Art

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.41): I rise this evening to speak about the ANU School of Art. The School of Art is located in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. The school provides a pathway for students who are looking for careers in visual arts and media arts and design. They achieve this through offering various undergraduate studies, postgraduate coursework and research programs, as well as honours degrees. These qualifications prepare students for a life in art, and allow students to undertake courses in art history, art theory, ceramics, furniture, glass, gold and silversmithing, painting, photography, media arts, print media, and drawing, sculpture and textiles.

The quality of the teaching at the school has encouraged the ACT Legislative Assembly to award prizes to two graduating students from the school since 2011. Students receive $500 and their artwork is hung in the Assembly for a year. I would like to congratulate last year's winners, Harrison Tucker and Kael Stasce, as well as previous winners Emma Geddes, Sarah Hellsing, Sarah Bainbridge and Jack Brandtman.


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