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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 August 1993) . . Page.. 2494 ..


Motion (by Mr Berry) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

YWCA Appeal

MS ELLIS (5.00): I want to take the opportunity of this adjournment debate to bring to the attention of members of this Assembly an appeal that I have come across in Canberra run by the YWCA. In last Friday's Canberra Times, on the international news page - a page that, I must admit, I have been remiss in reading of late for the reason that I find most of the contents so depressing that I do not want to know the news - I read an article relating to the war in Bosnia. Next to that was an article written by a local journalist, Marion Frith, who was reporting on a press release that she had received from the Canberra YWCA. I was intrigued by this and I followed it up. I now have a copy of the YWCA news release which I am happy to make available to any member of this house who is interested.

The reason why I think this is particularly important for us is that it is an appeal that we can take on and feel that we get a one on one result. As we know, the women, particularly, in the former Yugoslavia are suffering incredible abuse, humiliation, rape and deprivation from being in a war-torn country. The YWCA have decided, with the help of Austcare, that they can arrange, and have arranged, the delivery of packs of assistance for these women. I do not mean that we donate money; I mean that we go to the supermarket and we buy items. They pack them up and they succeed in getting them delivered to individual women in the former Yugoslavia.

I think it is a very good idea to come up with an appeal to help these women, but particularly an appeal where you feel you can participate in a very personal way. I suggest to this Assembly, and to anybody who happens to read the Hansard transcript of this speech, that it is very important that we consider taking part in this appeal. If anybody is interested they can contact Jean Spicer of the YWCA, on 2396878, or come and see me and I will give them a copy of the press release which outlines the details of the appeal.

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