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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2021) . . Page.. 424 ..


With that in mind, I strongly encourage each and every member, and strongly encourage their constituents, to consider getting their annual skincare check-up, which we in our household are now affectionately referring to as to the annual mole patrol—to book in and get a look in. To think that there were weeks, not months, that could have been the difference between what was an innocuous day surgery and what could have been something more sinister has laboured on me in recent weeks. No-one wishes to think about the mortality of their own loved family members. It only presses upon me more the importance of strongly promoting how important it is to take control of your own health care, to see your doctor and to get that preventative check-up. Prevention is always better than a cure in public health. No doubt the health minister will agree with me.

On that note, I encourage everybody to head to the Cancer Council website, which has a number of resources locally for Canberrans and right across Australia to access skincare professionals for their annual mole patrol.

While I will never do it justice, the people in my office will not forgive me if I do not give this a crack. Was it Sid the Seagull who said to “Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide”? I cannot do a very good Sid the Seagull, but for those interested I will be sure to post it to my Facebook page tonight. It is a very good rap and it has been updated since most of us might have last seen it. Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and in particular I thank the awesome healthcare workers at Calvary Public Hospital.

Arts—community events

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (4.33): Canberra’s art scene has always been pretty extraordinary, but the last week has especially driven home to me just how wonderful it is. I want to draw the Assembly’s attention to some of these moments.

Last Thursday, PhotoAccess kicked off 2021 with their annual exhibition, VIEW. VIEW brings together early career artists in a showcase of their work. Starting a new year with a show of new and emerging artists was incredibly fitting. But shows do not just come together; they are curated and, in this case, expertly so. The photomedia brought together much of the emotion of 2020 that words do not do justice to—the isolation and the hope, frustration and a bright future. The exhibition displayed the challenges and the opportunities of constraints, whether those constraints were known to us or came as a surprise. I remarked at the time that I was blown away by the talent. I encourage Canberrans to attend the exhibition or else to view it online—but nothing beats being there in person.

Friday marked the launch of the Lime Flamingo Collectives exhibition Outside In, Inside Out at the Belconnen Arts Centre. Canberra artist and educator Jodie Cunningham facilitates the collective, which is a mentoring and networking group for emerging artists. These nine artists have different backgrounds and work with different media, but they have come together as one to support one another, and what


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