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Motion (by Mr De Domenico) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Community Aid Abroad

MS TUCKER (4.35): Mr Speaker, I would like to draw the attention of the Assembly to some of the work being done by the Canberra office of Community Aid Abroad. While Community Aid Abroad probably is best known for the work it does overseas and in Aboriginal Australia, it also runs a variety of participatory activities presented by CAA staff member Meg Hyde and a small team of actors and committed volunteers who work tirelessly to help educate kids of all ages in our Canberra schools about aid and development issues. Obviously, Community Aid Abroad cannot continue to do this work without money.

Community Aid Abroad has come up with a great idea that raises a considerable amount of cash while keeping hunger away from Canberra workers. They cook and distribute takeaway African lunches to Canberra office workers in both the public and private sectors. The advantage of having the Greens in the Assembly is that not only will you have the privilege of listening to our new and innovative ideas but also you will have the opportunity for the first time to taste one of these fantastic meals. For only $8, $5 of which will go towards helping Community Aid Abroad continue their local education work, you will receive a fantastic African lunch, either meat or vegetarian, delivered to you here in the Assembly building. The lunches will be delivered on Monday, 5 June, and they take only a few minutes to heat up in the microwave. They will, I can assure you, be delicious.

The vegetarian meal includes shiro wat, kachumbari and maharagwe, which is a blend of banana and vegetable stew, with fragrant tomato relish and spiced beans, served on a bed of rice. The meat meal includes a spicy meat dish with vegetable stew, delicious tomato relish, beans and rice.

Mr De Domenico: Is it BYO?

MS TUCKER: Sure. Community Aid Abroad is Australia's oldest and largest aid organisation. I urge all members and staff to get behind the work of this great organisation and buy a lunch on 5 June. You can order now by contacting Jonathan in my office.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Tucker, I will check Hansard later to see that there was nothing out of order in what you said.

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