Page 1029 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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I turn to two other matters. First, I want to recognise the recent 10th anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions that was delivered so powerfully by then Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 21 March 2013. If members have not heard or read this apology, I would strongly encourage them to do so. I was privileged to attend a dinner last week to mark the anniversary and to hear from people who were intimately involved in the long process of examining the shameful practices of forced adoption in Australia, and developing a response, including the apology.

We heard last week that there is more to do to address the enduring impacts on those who were, to quote from the apology, “forced to endure the coercion and brutality of practices that were unethical, dishonest and in many cases illegal”. Minister Rishworth recognised this, and I am confident she will continue the important work to “redress the shameful mistakes of the past”.

Finally, I want to take a few moments to recognise Amanda Tobler, who steps down as CEO of Community Services #1 next week. As members would be aware, CS#1 is a large and vital service provider in my electorate of Kurrajong. As such, Ms Tobler was one of the first people I met when I was campaigning for election in 2016, not long after she had taken over the reins of the organisation in October 2015.

In the years since, I have greatly appreciated Amanda’s engagement on many issues, as well as her welcoming me almost every year to help open CS#1’s NAIDOC Week exhibition of artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. I thank her for her dedication to the community, from Narrabundah locals to growing services across the New South Wales region, and wish her all the best for whatever comes next.

Hawker Men’s Shed—Hawker repair cafe

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) (5.57): I want to congratulate the Hawker Men’s Shed on a very successful Hawker repair cafe on Sunday, 19 March.

These repair cafes are held quarterly and are becoming increasingly popular, and it is not hard to see why. The repair cafe has a sausage sizzle, cakes and drinks for sale; and, most recently, new additions of market stalls and an art exhibition. Of course, the most important part of a repair cafe are the repairs. Repairs are free, undertaken entirely by volunteers in their own time, and using their various skill sets. Those wanting an item repaired merely have to provide a gold coin donation.

Everything from furniture to electrical items, toys, mowers, clothing and bikes is repaired. The Hawker repair cafe has an extraordinary repair success rate of 89 per cent over the course of their many repair cafes, and 96 per cent at the most recent one in March.


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