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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 27 October 2010) . . Page.. 5230 ..

be nominated for awards that recognise voluntary community service and demonstration of good citizenship. There are two types of awards: awards for outstanding individual leadership and achievement by years 11 and 12 students and awards for meritorious group activity in community service and citizenship projects for students between kindergarten and year 10 who attend both government and non-government schools.

Since the inception of this project in 2009, awards have been made to Radford college, for their sustained assistance to students of Cranleigh school, and to Holy Family primary school in Gowrie for their sustained and increasing support in the local community and overseas of various charitable endeavours. I spoke in this place just last week about the special relationship that Radford and Cranleigh have and the positive impact it is having on all concerned.

I would like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment and work undertaken by the current committee members of the ACT branch. The chairman is Mr Len Goodman AO, the honorary secretary is Mr Bruce Trewartha OAM, the honorary treasurer is Mr Brian Acworth AM, and the other committee members are Trish Keller OAM, Evol McLeod OAM, Derek Robson AM, Dr Andrew Lu OAM, Dr Caroline Turner AM, Mr Ian Miekle AM, and Dr Ray Newcombe OAM.

Those in the Order of Australia Association have been acknowledged by our society for their exceptional service, and it is wonderful that even after they have been awarded and been thanked by our community they continue to serve, whether it be in business, in government, through charities, through service clubs, through school boards et cetera. I congratulate all members of the Order of Australia Association and look forward to further activities at the branch.

Children’s Week

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.48): This week, as we noted this morning, is Children’s Week. I would like to pay testament to Communities @Work, one of our great community organisations for their Children’s Week publication called Just change the channel: children’s views on caring, happiness and respect. The theme of Children’s Week this year is “A caring world shares”, and there are many quotes from this very pretty and touching book which are all bon mots from children at various childcare centres across the community run by Communites@Work.

I will just share some of them with you, if I could, because they are cute. I should start with the one from which the title comes. Olivia, four years old:

Sometimes the TV news is sad because bad things happen to people, you just change the channel!

I am not quite sure that I always agree with Olivia on this one:

I think the ABC is good.

And then there are others. On the subject of caring, Owen, who is 3½ years old, says:

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