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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 25 November 2014) . . Page.. 4008 ..


It goes beyond just how they do it; it is about why they do it. When you look at their attitude towards the community that they live in and the sorts of things that they prioritise, for instance, they have a workplace giving program. They have already set up the Aspen Foundation and it has deductible gift recipient status. So if you want to help them, it was formed in 2009 and every year a percentage of the company’s profits go to the foundation. The Aspen Foundation’s mission is to undertake life-changing healthcare through significantly reducing or eradicating key illnesses in the Australian community.

They work with people with disabilities. They have their own reconciliation action plan. That is the sort of company with the sort of attitude that this country needs. They have been rewarded; they have won many awards. For a company that was started in 2003, by 2006 they were the entrepreneur of the year—Glenn Keys and Andrew Walker. In 2007 they were the BRW fastest-growing SME under $100 million. They have won many ACT Chief Minister’s exports awards, whether it be a service category winner or the overall winner. They were the PricewaterhouseCoopers Anthill magazine “cool company” award recipient in 2008. In 2008 they were the iAwards regional winner for e-health division. In 2009 they were the BRW most successful private company in Australia with a turnover under $100 million. And the list goes on and on.

I would particularly like to mention that just recently in 2014 they won the EY entrepreneur of the year global hall of fame, an honour that has not gone to too many Australian companies.

With that, we wish them well in the work they will do in West Africa. We particularly wish Glenn Keys well on Australia Day next year when, in representing the ACT, he potentially will become the Australian of the Year. Should he do so, he would be a very worthy recipient. (Time expired.)

Mr Wall: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, at the conclusion of the MPI debate, Mr Rattenbury interjected, I think the words were, “You’re full of it.” I seek your guidance as to whether that language is considered parliamentary and whether Mr Rattenbury should in fact withdraw.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lawder): Thank you, Mr Wall. I did not hear it but I will take some advice.

Craft ACT—DESIGN Canberra festival

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.50): Tonight I pay tribute to all involved in the event—

Members interjecting—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Order, members! Listen to Dr Bourke, please.

DR BOURKE: Tonight I pay tribute to all involved in the event and exhibition at Crace, Walk the line—design, art, life. It was part of Craft ACT’s DESIGN Canberra


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