Page 2009 - Week 06 - Thursday, 9 June 2022

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The lack of records also means the donor’s family can’t get to the truth of what happened, and there is a concern my donor was exploited unknowingly … that I cannot set straight either way without records …

That is Eleni’s story, and it is because of stories like Gail’s, Eleni’s and Kirrily’s, and many others that I have heard, thanks to Donor Conceived Australia, that I will continue to pursue seeing reform in the ACT, and seeing the rights of the child front and centre of legislative reform.

Yerrabi electorate—shopping centres

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (5.48): Picking up on Ms Orr’s theme of a Yerrabi yap, which I cannot claim, I would like to mention a few aspects of my Ginninderra journey over the last short period, with a particular focus on shopping centres.

I met with a shop owner at Evatt not too long ago about, again, their calls for public infrastructure. These innovative owners have instituted a Facebook survey, asking for things that they think would benefit both the community and the prosperity of that very popular shopping centre—a secure playground, a public toilet, parking spaces, and perhaps even some shade. I have written to the minister accordingly, and I will keep in contact with those shop owners to see how I can advance their very worthwhile requests.

It was good to meet with Anthony at Florey shops. I will be keeping a close eye on the consultation process for the location of that shopping centre and on the works on the southern face of that popular shopping centre. At the moment, unfortunately, it is restricting access to some of those shops, which is of concern to at least one of the vendors.

It was good to be near the Holt shops not so long ago. I know my Ginninderra colleague Ms Cheyne was also in attendance at the planting for the Holt micro forest, just up from the Holt shops. I was entrusted many months ago with a few seedlings, to see whether I could keep them alive for this planting. I was pleased to be able to hand over eight to 10 native grasses and bushes. Hopefully, they will survive the planting.

I would like also to acknowledge the constituents who reach out to me. I am very happy, as I am sure many members are, to meet at local shopping centres to discuss local issues with them. I was pleased to have very interesting consultations recently at both Charnwood shops and Kippax. I am certainly keen, as are all MLAs in the Assembly, to make sure that we are available to our constituents, that we are looking at and visiting local areas to see how we can enhance and advance our community.

Business—Australian Made Week

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (5.50): I will speak briefly, to round out the week and the sittings before we enter our winter recess, to note that we are right in the middle of Australian Made Week.

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