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including the justice system branch of government. We can be proud of our young lawyers. Six young Canberra lawyers were named in the latest edition of Best Lawyers in Australia’s list of ones to watch.
Over the course of Law Week the Law Society, along with the ACT Law Society Foundation, raised much-needed funds for Painting with Parkinson’s, a wonderful initiative of Parkinson’s ACT.
Last week I had the privilege of attending the opening and launch of a new legal service, Farrar Gesini Dunn, a legal service focused on the LGBTIQ community. I want to thank Daniel Magnussen and Kasey Fox from that firm for the invitation and for allowing our office to see how this service will operate in the ACT.
It has become apparent to me, in talking further with these lawyers and other members of the community, that the LGBTIQ community have distinctive legal needs. It is good to see a service that is particularly focusing on that part of our Canberra community. As a lawyer and as shadow attorney-general here in the ACT, I am always delighted to see new initiatives launched that are designed to provide inclusive and direct legal access for all members of our community. I look forward to an in-person briefing on this service next week.
Lastly, from one lawyer to many others in the ACT, I wish the solicitors, barristers, judges, paralegals, law students and legal professionals of Canberra all the best for 2022 and beyond.
Seniors—Silver is Gold Festival
MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.51): I am pleased to rise today to speak about last week’s seniors expo, the new and improved seniors festival here in the ACT. It is known this year, for the first time, I believe, as the Silver is Gold Festival. It was held last Thursday by the ACT Council on the Ageing at EPIC.
The Silver is Gold Festival is an exhibition of all things relating to seniors. It is a showcase of the wide-ranging services and opportunities that exist for Canberra’s senior population. As shadow minister for seniors, it was very reassuring and pleasing to see the abundance of community groups that exist all over the ACT that were on show last Thursday.
These groups provide invaluable support, services and friendships to many of our older community members. I would like to acknowledge and thank them. I would like specifically to acknowledge some of the government services that were present at the expo, including ACT Policing and Transport Canberra, for their efforts in supporting seniors.
The Silver is Gold Festival was very popular, with an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 visitors in the course of the day. It included a talk by celebrity chef Maggie Beer, who talked mostly about food in our aged-care centres and what can be done to improve that food. It also included some of our cutest frontline workers, some ex-sniffer dogs who were doing the rounds and talking to people in a friendly, wet-nosed kind of