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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1384 ..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

I recall David when he worked for the Valley View, in the days when the Valley View was the only rival for the Canberra Times in this town. I thought that publication truly reflected what was going on in the Tuggeranong Valley. David Smyth was a reporter and photographer for that paper. Through his work, he was able to represent what was going on in the valley-I thought particularly well. In my view, he was a man of incredible integrity. Not once did I hear him say anything ill of anybody. He will be sadly missed. My heart, and I am sure the Assembly's heart, goes out to his family. He was only a young fellow-in his early 40s-and he was tragically taken from us.

David's family are going to have a pretty rough time surviving his passing. I would like the record to show that this Assembly appreciates the sorts of things that David Smyth did in representing the valley in the print media, without fear or favour. I would like to say how sad I was to hear of his passing.

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

MS TUCKER (9.16): I want to make a brief statement to further a discussion that occurred in the adjournment debate last night. Mr Cornwell made a statement or asked a question-I am still not quite sure what it was, but I had not been given notice of it-regarding my position on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive Committee. I did respond at the time, but have given it further consideration. For the record, I need to make quite clear for members, if they are not clear already, the exact nature of that position.

Mr Cornwell wanted to know if I would report to the ACT branch of the CPA. As to my position on the CPA, you are probably aware of this, but it needs to be clarified. I am there as the regional representative. I am not there representing the ACT Legislative Assembly branch alone, I am representing the region. There are three representatives for the Australian region. My role is to represent all the branches. The rules and by-laws for the Australian region stipulate that, in representing the interests of the regions, the regional representative shall maintain close liaison with the branches of the region and consult with the branches of the region, keeping them informed of developments within the association and carrying out responsibilities in accordance with the by-laws. The by-laws stipulate certain specific responsibilities of regional representatives in liaising with branches of the region. I wanted to raise that to clarify my role.

I will be reporting to all branches of the Australian region, as well as reporting to the region's management committee in July. That reporting-back could include the ACT branch. I hope this has clarified my role for members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 9.18 pm.

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