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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . .

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ensures the effective implementation of these changes. The bill may be very dull, but it is worthy. I commend it to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

St Vincent de Paul doorknock appeal

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (5.22): I rise to pay tribute to the hundreds of Vinnies volunteers across our city who have been trudging up and down footpaths and knocking on doors right across our town, raising money for the annual St Vincent de Paul doorknock appeal. As a part of that, my message to all those in this chamber and beyond is that the doorknock continues until the end of February. Please be kind to the volunteers and please give generously.

For a number of years my wife and I have had the great privilege of doorknocking two sections of Calwell. I want to thank the residents of Calwell for their kindness and generosity. We knocked off our commitment on the first two weekends. Let me tell you, they are very hilly sections of Calwell. I was discussing this with my good friend Mr Gentleman earlier in the week, because these streets are pretty close to his place, and he was well aware of the incline on Mountain Circuit and Downard and Outtrim. When you are doorknocking either for Vinnies or for the Liberal cause—not so much Mr Gentleman—one of the things you quickly discover is that the street itself is not the biggest killer; it is the driveways. Up and down, up and down—it certainly gets your heart pumping.

The money raised through the doorknock appeal goes to help fund a range of services provided by Vinnies, from the unique home visit service through to emergency accommodation and the young carers program. I commend Vinnies for their ongoing work in our community. I would like to again share that doing the doorknock is an extremely rewarding exercise. Please consider putting your hand up to do it next year.

Let it be known that it is actually not too late to put your hand up for this year. When I was talking to the good people from Vinnies earlier today, they assured me that if you can assist in the final two weeks of Feb you should please come forward. I have put contact details on my Facebook page, and I would urge you to come forward and have a go. Your commitment, should you do that, would be no more than two hours.


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