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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 4123..


MR GENTLEMAN (continuing):

riders on their novice rides and on the Sunday that follows it provides instructions to riders on their motorcycle awareness rides.

On these rides I have witnessed on many occasions road craft instruction that I am confident has saved lives. These skills should be used every time we use the road, whether it be on a bike, as a pedestrian or in a vehicle. We must be aware of others and the road around us. I would like to mention some outstanding individuals and groups on the 2006 run who should be congratulated for their efforts. I thank Malcolm Stewart and Dave Payne from the Motorcycle Riders Association once again for organising a fantastic event that attracted a record number of riders, recorded I think at about 1,000 this year.

Peter and Robyn Major, stalwarts of the MRA, provided on-the-ground logistic support and assisted in the auctioneering of Shrek. Vivian, who celebrated 10 years at the toy run, organised postmen from Canberra and Queanbeyan to take part in the event. Vivian has now retired but I hope she is able to attend the event again next year. Supporters like Action Motorcycles, Robbo's, Gecko and Joe's Motorcycles all provided prizes for charity winners.

Further acknowledgment should go to Garry Sykes for his donation of Shrek and for his support for the Harley Owners Group. I thank the Australian Federal Police for ensuring that riders had a safe and friendly ride to the city. Finally, special thanks go to the Smith Family and the Salvation Army who will be distributing $3,000 in cash donations and a 10-tonne pantechnicon truck filled with toys to those less fortunate this Christmas. Well done to all.

Electric Shadows

Victoria—election

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (6.04): I draw attention to the Electric Shadows picture theatre which closes its door for the last time today. Sadly, it is not taking that name with it to the new site; it is adopting the more nationally known title of Dendy cinemas. Electric Shadows picture theatre is a place to which we have all been at least once in our lives. I have certainly been there many times. When I first came to Canberra it was wonderful to find a movie theatre like that. Members will remember that, for a while, it also ran the Centre Cinema before it was taken over by the Academy night club.

Electric Shadows always screened good quality films that were not in the popular circuit. If we had had only Hoyts and Greater Union we would never have seen films such as Amelie, which screened for months, The Motorcycle Diaries, the film about Che Guevara, or a lot of other marginal films that might not have made a lot of money—some of them did—but that were always well attended. So my thanks go to Andrew Pike. I wish him and those who go with him to the new venue all the best. I hope that the new luxury theatres, including the theatre with a bar, do not outprice the kinds of people who so enjoyed Electric Shadows—a fantastic name for a movie theatre.

I now want to update people on the Victorian election results. Under the Victorian system, like the Hare-Clark system, it can take a long time to count the votes. I want


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