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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 5003..


MR WOOD (continuing):

Of particular significance was an address by Warren Macdonald, a double amputee, who showed films that had me on the edge of my seat. He is able to do incredible things, and one of the best things he does is speak very well. He is an outstanding speaker. Guests at the awards witnessed a performance from James Kearney, a wonderful pianist who is deaf. These two presentations were very appropriate to the night.

On the night we saw video examples of how disabled people were performing and managing. It is all about inclusion-about how people with disabilities should be included in every possible way.

The premier award on the night, the ACT Chief Minister's Award for Excellence in Inclusion, was presented to Capital Careers. This quite extensive business has demonstrated how people with a disability can be effectively employed. They actively recruit and source employment for people with a disability.

Other award winners in major categories that were well received on the night were: the Curtin milk bar-a wonderful place to go to, if I can put in a commercial; I think people will accept that; the Canberra Theatre Centre, which is doing great things for people with hearing disabilities and other disabilities; and the ACT Planning and Land Authority, which, as always, is doing a very good job. A range of commendations was also presented.

The awards attracted over 30 nominations, which is, I think, a remarkable result in the first year. This awards process is a partnership between the government and community sector organisations, including the Disabled People's Initiative. Business, community and government organisations were very active in supporting it. Sponsorship for the event was very much appreciated. Sponsors included Canberra Cabs, Koomarri, RPR Consulting, Canberra City News, Business ACT-thank you to Business ACT-the Pavilion Hotel and the Children's Resource Centre.

I think it was an enjoyable night-a very rewarding and instructive night. I look forward to being at the awards again next year with members of this Assembly.

Bushfires-coronial inquiry

MR STEFANIAK: My question is addressed to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, it was reported in the Canberra Times that counsel assisting the coroner investigating the January bushfires, Lex Lasry, had stated that he hoped the briefing provided to cabinet before 18 January about the fires would be provided to the inquiry. In answer to my question in this place on 21 October, you said:

... the government intends to fully cooperate with the inquiry and we will, of course, respond to all requests made of us by the inquiry.

Chief Minister, have you cooperated fully with the coroner and provided her with a copy of all documents relating to that cabinet briefing?

MR STANHOPE: Yes, the government has cooperated fully with the coroner and the coronial inquest. At this stage we have not received a request from the coroner for the particular briefing that Mr Lasry referred to. I have received advice from the department


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