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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 May 2007) . . Page.. 886 ..

you are no longer “deserving”. They want to put you back where you “belong” in uncertainty, insecurity and instability.

It’s even more galling when you realise that this is probably just a short term fix to cover up the fact that they are not investing in Housing stock, and haven’t been for a while, together with burgeoning housing lists due to this shortage plus crazy property and rental prices. They promised funding, then they pulled it a couple of years ago. Now they just want to get a few people out of a few houses and get a few off the waiting list—so what if the ones you have chucked off are back on the list in a year or two? The stats will still look good. This is so cynical and cruel.

I couldn’t believe it when Mr Hargreaves said no one must care, because he’d had hardly any calls about this policy. Well, der—who would call the guy who closed Griffith library and stuffed up the buses, to seek assistance?

Thanks for fighting the good fight on my behalf.


Death of Mr Pat Develin

Belconnen to Civic busway

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.04): Saturday last saw the passing of Patrick John Joseph Develin, whom we will all know as Civic pharmacist Pat Develin. Pat Develin was a third generation pharmacist. His grandfather opened a pharmacy in Ireland nearly 120 years ago and he grew up in his own father’s pharmacy in Parramatta.

He said that his apprenticeship as a pharmacist began the day he was born, although it only started officially in 1948 when he began his pharmacy studies. He qualified after passing the New South Wales pharmacy board exams in 1951. Pat Develin came to Canberra in the late sixties. Not long after his arrival he was instrumental in setting up the board of directors of Canberra and Southern District Pharmacists Co Ltd, known as Marchem, which operated for many years.

From 1970 he was a member of the pharmacy guild, originally of the New South Wales branch. Later he was instrumental in setting up the ACT branch. He served on the board of the ACT pharmacy guild from 1988 until his illness at the end of 2006. On a number of occasions he was vice chairman of the board. He was vitally involved in setting up most of the pharmacy organisations in the ACT and was actively involved in setting the first ever agreement between the federal government and the pharmacy guild.

Pat was a third generation pharmacist and even after his retirement he gave a lot of his time to advising, counselling and being of general assistance to the pharmacy family in the ACT. Two of his children are also pharmacists, and to his family and to the extended pharmacy family in the ACT, I express my condolences at the passing of this great Canberran.

Another passing that was noted yesterday by Mr Seselja was that of the busway. But it seems that CPR may have been administered overnight, because just now the

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