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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 3858 ..


I arrived a little late after coming from another appointment. I am pleased to say that I was the 50th person who registered for the clean-up that day. What a great day it was! The sun was shining. Unfortunately, as usual on these clean-up days, once you start digging there are all sorts of treasures to be found. Among my finds were a putter and a remote-controlled helicopter, which I am sure someone deeply misses. However, I regret to say that it was certainly no longer in working order. I understand that Gordon Ramsay also collected a range of interesting things, including an old hi-fi speaker. I think he said, quite cutely, that it was not so high fidelity anymore.

In addition, the day was launched by the president of Neighbourhood Watch ACT, Margaret Pearson. Sharon had also organised for ACT Policing to come along as part of Secure September. They were able to provide secure licence plates that, in accordance with the name, are tamper-proof.

On top of that, numerous businesses supported the day, including Peter Blackshaw Belconnen as well as a range of other businesses that provided food for the barbecue, which was very much enjoyed by the 50-plus residents who were there.

I want to put on the record my thanks to the Florey Neighbourhood Watch team who are providing a fantastic real grassroots community service. It was great to see local members turn up on the day, including Mrs Kikkert. I look forward to many more of them and to continuing to work with them. They really should be commended for the enthusiasm and the gusto that they have demonstrated in bringing the community together.

Timor-Leste

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (6.49): I rise to talk very briefly about a rally that I attended last week. I am not sure if the right word is "commemorate". It was to comment on the trial that is about to be launched of witness K and Bernard Collaery. Bernard Collaery is a former member of this Assembly, a former Attorney-General and a respected lawyer, particularly a human rights lawyer. Witness K is a former ASIS employee. They have revealed information about bugging activities in Timor-Leste.

I will not go through the public details of this matter. I am sure that those who are interested already know them. But there are a number of points. First, it would appear that the bugging was illegal. Secondly, of course—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, I apologise for rising, but I raise a point of caution around sub judice. I understand that this matter is before the courts. I think it would be wise if you were to look at this issue and at least provide a caution to Ms Le Couteur before she continues.

MADAM SPEAKER: I was about to stand. Ms Le Couteur, you have your time to speak to the adjournment motion, but be cautious.


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