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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 27 October 2010) . . Page.. 5229 ..

from breast cancer. I have a number of those cards in my office if anyone would like one. I acknowledge Eleanor Bates, a former candidate for the ACT election, who is a member of the board of Bosom Buddies. She was advocating to me to pass those out to the Liberal members, and I will do so in due course.

There was a hat display as part of a hat-making competition that Bosom Buddies has been running called “Hat hat hooray!” On the night, awards were given out to all the winners. There were some fantastic headpieces there. I will not list all the winners, but congratulations to Frances Chandler, who was on my table and who won a prize. I was on a great table with a great bunch of people, including Sarah Holmes. I would also like to congratulate Peter Funnell, who organised the entertainment, which was also very good. The opera-singing comedian was a particular highlight. He was genuinely very good.

I would like to also acknowledge the MC for the night, Annette Ellis. She did a fantastic job. And Senator Kate Lundy made a speech about her life story which was well received.

I had the pleasure of again meeting Kate who works in the office out at the “Shout” facility in Pearce. I met her out there the other week; she does a great job and everyone in Bosom Buddies had nothing but praise about Kate and the great work she does to support the organisation. And my congratulations to the retiring president, Sally Saunders, on the work she has done. I understand that she will continue on in a fundraising role, so it is not really a retirement.

Thanks again to Bosom Buddies for a great night of entertainment. And I thank them for the great work that they do for our community.

Order of Australia Association

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.45): I would like this evening to highlight the work undertaken by the Order of Australia Association, particularly the branch here in the ACT. The central objective of the association is to foster love and pride in Australian citizenship and also to encourage awareness in the Australian community of Australia’s history, traditions and culture. Members of the OAA strive to build strong relationships with the wider Australian community through their ongoing commitment to promote the development and maintenance of a constructive and positive sense of national unity amongst Australians.

The ACT association was formed on Australia Day in 1980, and membership consists of individuals who have been honoured with the order, including honorary award recipients. On the 19th of this month I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Order of Australia Australian National University lecture delivered by Professor Ian Chubb. The lecture had been inaugurated to focus on the effects of the ANU, higher education and research on the Canberra business, professional, political and community sectors and in recognition of many of the Order of Australia recipients within these sectors and the university.

The ACT branch of the OAA has also recently initiated the ACT student citizenship awards, which provide an opportunity to ACT schools and students to nominate and

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