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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1310 ..


Everyone has their own Frugii story, whether it was the delight that bloggers took in meeting him and experiencing his passion, or families visiting him to mark a special occasion. He made people happy. He made families happy. He delighted and inspired. But it was always about more than the ice cream and the desserts. It was about the conversation and the friendship, the passion and the engagement, the kindness, and especially the generosity.

John was supportive and caring. He was a great friend, always. One friend described how she told John she was having her wisdom teeth out. In response, John did not just tell her that clove oil was a natural dental anaesthetic; he made her a special clove oil ice cream to help with recovery. For me, in the weeks before his death, he reached out about my broken ankle. He offered suggestions to increase my mobility, and offered support in his usual witty way. I did not realise that they would be our last conversations.

John leaves behind a legacy: an instigator of and then so firmly part of the Canberra food and food tourism scene; a boldness, experimentation, excitement and determination, but always firmly grounded in what mattered the most—community, friends and family. We have been so lucky to know and experience John’s creations, but we have been so lucky to know and experience John. We miss him dearly.

Mrs Margaret Reid, AO—commemoration

MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (4.50): I rise today to commemorate 40 years since the election of Margaret Reid as representative for the ACT in the Australian Senate.

As a young law student at the University of Adelaide, Margaret joined the Liberal Party and went on to become the first female president of the Australian Liberal Students Federation. After a long and successful career as a barrister, Margaret was elected on 5 May 1981 to the Australian Senate to represent the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Margaret witnessed some extraordinary events during her time in parliament, not just in Canberra but in our nation more broadly and across the world. There was the introduction of personal computers and the internet; the AIDS epidemic; the Chernobyl disaster and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union; Nelson Mandela’s walk to freedom; and 9/11 and the Bali bombings. Closer to home, there was the Port Arthur massacre and the subsequent gun control debate, and the Mabo and Wik land rights decisions.

During her 22 years as a senator, Margaret championed many issues that affect the people of Canberra, most notably self-government.

Margaret was a trailblazer for women in politics. She served as the first woman President of the Senate, and it is with some dismay—but it is also an extraordinary testament to her enormous achievements—that I say that to this day she remains the only woman since Federation to hold this position. As president, she is remembered


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