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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (15 November) . . Page.. 3569..

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 8

Noes 6

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion by (Mr Barr ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (5.47): Last evening I had the honour to present 125 graduates with certificates at the annual TRAHCS graduation ceremony at the Southern Cross Club. As some in this place may know, back in the early 1990s I was one of a group of people in the community sector who saw the need to establish a community-based registered training organisation specialising in the provision of nationally accredited training for the provision human services in the ACT. That organisation was formed in 1994 and is known as TRAHCS, Training for Health and Community Services.

From the formation of TRAHCS until my election to the Assembly I held the position of chair of TRAHCS and I have attended many similar graduation ceremonies in that capacity and since in my elected capacity. It was indeed a great honour for me to be invited to do so as the chair of the Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People and I wish to thank the TRAHCS board of governance for that opportunity.

TRAHCS has come a very long way since those early days when the first executive officer, Beth Brun skill, had her office in the corridor of a former classroom of the old North Curtin primary school, sharing with me the space that was home to Volunteering ACT at the time. My office was the former cloakroom. Since its inception, many hundreds of students have graduated from courses conducted by TRAHCS and TRAHCS is now recognised as a leader in its field, having received many industry awards and having its graduates recognised as outstanding practitioners in their chosen fields.

But organisations such as TRAHCS do not survive unless they continue to be relevant and serve the changing needs of the industry and TRAHCS continues to work with

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