Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . .
speak to her achievements to date. Through her advocacy efforts Kate ensured the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Australia was central to public policy debates, was a keen advocate of the free trade agreement, expanded chamber membership and renewed the chamber's corporate identity. She leaves the chamber with business confidence, sales and investment performing strongly, according to the latest business expectation survey of 2016.
While further facilitating business dispute resolution, working closely with industry associations and being the voice for the aspirations of smaller enterprises in Australia, I am sure Kate will continue this momentum in her new role. I thank Kate for her ongoing contribution to the ACT community, to business and local communities Australia wide and for being a strong woman and advocate for our economy, for jobs growth and for our future.
World Radio Day
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.33): There is a perhaps unintended but nonetheless delightful connection created by my motion on Radio 1RPH today: that on Saturday it is World Radio Day. I will be celebrating it by presenting two hours of newspaper readings on Radio 1RPH.
On 14 January 2013 the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO's previous proclamation of World Radio Day. It falls on 13 February each year, the anniversary of the establishment in 1946 of United Nations Radio.
According to the UNESCO World Radio Day website:
Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people's educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.
The objectives of World Radio Day are:
... to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.
The theme of World Radio Day 2016 is "Radio in times of emergency and disaster". In setting this theme, UNESCO recognises that radio still remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide, in the quickest possible time. For Canberra, this was well demonstrated in 2003 when 666 Canberra established itself conclusively as a leading emergency station. Its live recording of the disastrous Canberra bushfires was second to none. Tributes still flow to the ABC and, in particular, its presenters on the day, for their role in helping emergency services and the people of Canberra through that tumultuous time in our history—and deservedly so.
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