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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . .

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From discussions with TEDxCanberra, they have wanted to run their own series of adventures since 2012, and this year, with the right team in place, it finally happened. With this in mind, I would like to first commend the adventures manager, Merlin Kong, and his team of William Glenwright and Nitin Naidu for their hard work in making Canberra the first city in Australia to host a TEDx adventures program.

I would also like to thank the following TEDxCanberra members who made adventures possible this year: Stephen Collins, the creative catalyst; Kelli Monck, the executive producer; Nathanael Coyne; Kristin Boag; Jessica Miller; Nikki Coleman; Roslyn Walker; Sharen Scott; and Lisa Walsch. With that I seek leave to table and have included in the Hansard the two speeches from the participants who were in my office, Rebecca Cuzzillo and Sarah Jewell.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: I present the following paper:

TEDxCanberra—Pollie for a Day Adventure—Maiden speech—Sarah Jewell.

[See schedule 1 at page 3402.]

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Corrective Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Sport and Recreation), by leave: Similar to Mr Smyth, and as he mentioned, I was able to host one of the participants as well, a young lady called Hannah Watts, who spent a morning in my office and prepared a speech, which she also presented later in the morning.

It was terrific to have Hannah in my office, although I must confess I had a very busy morning and I did not really get a chance to chat to her. But I did go to TEDx the next day, where I had a conversation with her. I think she certainly appreciated the experience of being able to come to the Assembly.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Stephen Collins, the organiser of TEDxCanberra, and all of the crew who were involved, and it was a very large crew that put the event together. It was an excellent day at the TEDx follow-up. I found it a very inspiring and thought-provoking event. A range of speakers across the day touched on an extraordinary diversity of topics and really got the audience thinking about a range of things. Katy Barfield's essential question was, "Where are the wonky carrots?"—questioning the very idea that all the food we see in our supermarkets is perhaps near to perfect and that a large amount of food goes to waste as a result of that.

Christine Charles, the rocket scientist who works at the ANU, spoke to us about space travel and the work that is being done out of ANU to make that possible. Shane Horsburgh talked about redefining masculinity, what it means to be a man in this modern world and perhaps some of the preconceptions of what it should be, coming


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