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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . .

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Both students delivered powerful speeches with strong personal narratives about how their issues related to them. Tessa spoke of environmental challenges, including the Great Barrier Reef, and Joshua spoke of the stolen generations and his family's personal story.

I congratulate both Joshua and Tessa on their fantastic presentations on the night and their work at the interview stage during the weekend before. Joshua was successful in progressing through to the next round, which will take place in Goulburn next month.

I congratulate all students who participated in the quest and commend Lions clubs across Australia for their support and development of Australia's young people. More information about the quest can be found via the web at

Seniors Week

Hawker Primary School fete

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (6.11): I rise this evening to speak about ACT Seniors Week, which will begin this Saturday and run until Sunday, 20 March. It is an initiative developed by the Council on the Ageing, and I think it is a positive promotion for the community.

Seniors Week aims to engage seniors in a range of activities and encourage them to connect with others in the Canberra community. This year there are more than 200 events planned, with literally something for everyone. The Chief Minister's concert has become a regular highlight, with the Royal Military College band and the Australian Rugby Choir performing this year at the event.

Seniors Week will be launched with the opening night of Camilla Blunden's All This Living! Show at the Street Theatre. This is a one-woman show in which Camilla explores a range of issues facing people as they move into their senior years.

The Seniors Week expo is always a crowd-pleaser and will be held at Thoroughbred Park on Thursday, 17 March. Visitors to the expo will be able to speak to a number of exhibitors on a wide variety of topics, from leisure activities to legal issues and health, just to name a few. It is appropriate that the entertainment on the day will include a key performance by Keith Potger, a founding member of the Seekers.

Other activities included in the week are bus tours around north and south side retirement villages to provide people with information about various housing options and give people a firsthand look at some of the villages and the facilities they provide. ACTION will be providing free travel for all seniors cardholders for the entire week. I hope the varied activities on offer and the prospect of free travel will encourage our senior community to actively engage with the broader Canberra senior community.

I will be attending a number of activities throughout Seniors Week, and I would urge other colleagues in the Assembly to do the same, to connect with some of our senior community members.

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