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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4458 ..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

and I have seen very little Paterson's curse. There were patches of it from time to time, but nothing like you would see on Narrabundah Hill or in the Aranda horse paddocks or the Hume horse paddocks. A member of my family flew to Melbourne last week and, while she did say that she did not see a sea of purple, she did say that you can see where the fires have affected most of south-east Australia. If doubt persists in members' minds, I invite them to take the drive that I took on 1 November past the Aranda horse paddocks and Glenloch station, through Coppins Crossing, and down the Cotter Road to Tidbinbilla and Birrigai to see for themselves.

Mr Speaker, it has been an interesting week. I will give my whip's report on it. We met a few highs and had a couple of firsts. We had the first minister-the Chief Minister-gonged off for exceeding the time in answering a question and the first minister found to be in contempt of the Assembly by a privileges committee, including a member of his own party, although the minister was preserved from the consequences of that contempt by his mates and, in particular, the Chief Minister's close friend, Ms Tucker.

There were some high points as well as some low points. I was particularly moved by Ms Tucker's love of the youth culture. I find it very interesting that people of my generation like to talk about the youth culture. I really enjoyed Ms Tucker's analysis of the relationship between graffiti and hip-hop music. You could almost hear the quotations. I closed my eyes and tried to imagine Ms Tucker with a baseball cap on backwards trying to deliver her speech in rap. Maybe we could have had Ms Dundas beat boxing in the background. I suspect that Ms Dundas has heard rap and probably even enjoys it.

In case you are wondering, as a parent of two teenagers and one recently retired teenager and amateur MC I have heard more rap and hip-hop than I ever wanted to hear. If you want to find an issue here that might join members together as we look at the underlying causes of graffiti, hip-hop seems to be one of them, at least from Ms Tucker's exposition. If we are wanting to do something about the underlying causes of graffiti, perhaps we should discuss whether we should be banning hip-hop on this ground and many other grounds.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.46 pm until Tuesday, 25 November 2003 at 10.30 am.

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