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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4223..


DR FOSKEY (continuing):

many working women, the book I would like for her is Having it All: Choices for Today's Superwoman by Paula Nicolson.

For Mr Corbell, the planning minister, who is dedicated to his job and who I believe does a pretty good job as planning minister, the book is But will we want to live there? planning for people and neighbourhoods in 2020. I am going to give Mr Hargreaves a book that he knows really well, but one that I think he needs to revisit: the ACT government guide to community engagement. I would like him to look at it over the holidays and I will ask questions about it later.

I do not know if I should really give Mr Barr this book because I do not know if I want to give away the secrets. But I am suggesting he reads Behind the Lines. That is the fight about the Richmond secondary school that kept itself open for a whole year after Kennett closed it that had to be reopened. I recommend that one to all the parents from schools that have closed.

For Ms Macdonald, The Promotable Woman: 10 Essential Skills for the New Millennium. Turning to Ms Porter, who has the usual difficulties of a backbencher, probably—I do not know because I am not a Labor backbencher—her book is I'm Special, Too. For Mr Gentleman, who admits to loving his car, how about Build Your Own Electric Vehicle for the greenhouse effect? For Mr Stefaniak, Can Human Rights Survive?—can they survive Mr Stefaniak?

For Mrs Burke, How to Win any Argument Without Raising Your Voice. That is a book she needs at the moment. For Mr Mulcahy, a book called Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Matter by E F Schumacher. For Mr Smyth, The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's Hurdles for Going Up and Down as a Leader.

For Mr Seselja, a book called Gender Politics. We have been going to have that conversation for a long time. For Mr Pratt, of course, The Ecology of Fire, along with a kit with a rake, a hoe and a hessian sack. For Mrs Dunne, Easy Italian Phrases to Teach Your Kids, because it looks like she might have to teach them Italian now.

For Mr Berry, Consensus in Curriculum Development. We are back to the schools debate. We will probably keep returning to that one—and Let's Agree to Disagree, in recognition of the fine role he plays as Speaker.

Mr Hargreaves: And your own—Machiavelli.

DR FOSKEY: I am going to finish reading George Monbiot's Heat. That is a book I have started that has really alarmed me. It has alerted me to the enormity of the climate change issue and how much it means. That is a book I recommend to all members of this place—all the ministers. If we all read the same book, at least we are all talking from the same page.

On the whole, I wish you all a merry Christmas. I wish everyone here the same.


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