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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 20 October 2010) . . Page.. 4818 ..

Support ACT, Health Care Consumers Association of the ACT, Lung Life Support Group, MS Australia, Parkinsons ACT, People with Disabilities ACT, Prostate Cancer Support Group, RSI and Overuse Injury Association of the ACT, Sleep Apnoea Association, Solace Association ACT, Stroke Association of the ACT, Alzheimers Association ACT and the ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre.

I would like to say well done to all of the organisations that form SHOUT and that put on the awareness day. To Amanda and all the other staff, well done. SHOUT certainly is a great organisation and it allows small self-help groups who form its membership to punch well above their weight in our community.

I also visited the headquarters in Pearce, as I said, and was very impressed with the operations that they run there in support of all the organisations they support. And they do so on the smallest amount of funding. It is characteristic of the small volunteer-based groups that they do provide a tremendous amount of support to the people in the community that they represent on the smallest amount of money.

I also recently, on Saturday, 16 October, attended the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service Association of the ACT memorial service at HMAS Harman. This annual event recognises the service of women who served in the RAN. I would like to commend this small but dedicated group of women and their supporters for remembering the important service rendered by all WRANS over the years.

The naval personnel who attended and the cadets are to be commended for their participation and stoicism in what, I think, can be best described as inclement conditions. I am not sure whether it was hail, snow or sleet but we were wiping ice off ourselves throughout the event. It is characteristic of Canberra’s peculiar weather at this time of year that at the same event last year it was incredibly hot.

But well done to the president of the WRANS Association, Keryn Northrope, and all the members on, again, holding a successful memorial service and keeping alive the memory of the great service that WRANS contributed in the service of our nation.

Anti-Poverty Week

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (9:09): I am rising tonight to acknowledge that this week is Anti-Poverty Week. It runs from 17 to 23 October each year and does have a national steering committee and an ACT committee. That committee at the moment is co-chaired by Hilary Martin from Marymead and Di Jay from the Red Cross. And the committee has put together a fantastic week of events. Seventeen events in all will be running in the next few days.

To go back to the purpose of Anti-Poverty Week, it is about strengthening public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia. It also encourages research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

This is a fantastic initiative that has been up and running for some years now across Australia. I had the privilege of being the co-chair of Anti-Poverty Week for two

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