Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 22 March 2018) . . Page.. 994 ..
Irene at the Belconnen Community Service has served the Belconnen community for over two decades. She first worked for family day care but more recently has been volunteering for the Belconnen energetic seniors on a Tuesday—the BEST Club—and positive links. Irene has helped to shape the future of young Canberrans and been a friend to our more senior community members. I put on the record my thanks to Irene and her colleagues for their dedication to our community.
Georgie King is a successful entrepreneur. At 26 years of age, she has her own flourishing business, GLK Nannies, which is providing care for 150 families in Canberra. Having travelled the path of building a successful business herself, Georgie was struck by the number of young entrepreneurial women making their own way in the business world. She saw an opportunity to build a network to unite these women, and this idea evolved into the women’s collective, an online community of over 6,000 people, and the big conference resources that bring together successful businesswomen and budding entrepreneurs to share skills and tips and to learn from each other’s mistakes. Georgie is making her mark in Canberra business, and she is also leading the way for other women to do the same.
Madam Speaker, as you know, Canberra is full of passionate people advocating for various important causes. Not many of them can say they have won a Nobel Peace Prize though, but Sue Wareham can. Sue is familiar to many of us in this place, not least my Greens colleagues who have also acknowledged her important work in this place, but why not underline it again. Sue helped found the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, which won the Nobel prize last year. ICAN successfully lobbied the United Nations to negotiate a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, which now has 57 signatories. Closer to home, Sue has led large rallies and campaigns, regularly contributes to public debates and delivers public lectures to raise awareness and promote action to abolish nuclear weapons. In the current political climate, Sue’s efforts are to be congratulated and underlined.
These are just three women in Ginninderra who are doing interesting and outstanding things. International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate what women are doing, but it should not be the only time. I encourage all of us to recognise where we can the women who are doing big and also, importantly, the small acts to make Canberra an even better place to live.
MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.52): Last week was ACT Seniors Week. It was a great week of events, activities, concerts, sporting events, workshops and much more. It ran from 12 to 18 March and it celebrated past achievements, current successes and the future aspirations of older Canberrans. It was a week where, as a community, we were able to share with and reflect on the achievement and contribution of older Canberrans. I was delighted to be able to attend a range of events that were organised by COTA ACT during the week.
On Tuesday, along with hundreds of others, I attended one of the two Chief Minister’s concerts at the Albert Hall, where we were entertained by an eclectic collection of