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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 4623 ..

MRS BURKE (continuing):

The industry service award went to Mrs Kara Hempel, Human Resource Officer for W Hotel Sydney and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Awards for academic achievement went to Belinda Jade Lawrance; term 3, 2002; Michele Massimo Carone, term 1, 2003; Caroline Scott Bosher, term 2, 2003; and Joanne Karen Overell, term 3, 2003. It is worthy of note that Caroline Scott Bosher has remained in Canberra and is working as a business sales executive at the Canberra Convention Bureau. That is very good news.

Bachelor of Business, Hotel Management, degrees went to Khaled Kamal Alam, Megan L Bagnall, Caroline Scott Bosher, James Matthew Boyle, Jesse Bridge, Patrick Sin Fah Lai Man Chun, Deanne Connolly, Amie Louise Courtice, Nadia Louise Docker, Cameron Grant, Benjamin David Grenfell, Brooke Hatchman, Robert Jordan James, Ariel Elisabeth Jurkiewicz, Arvind B Kavlekar, Khandoker Ziaul Haque, Yoou Jin Kim, Kenji Langtry, Kimberley Lester, Sohaila Mallapur, Emily McAuley, Melissa Jane Moglia, Michael F. Nager, Sarah-Jane Nicholls, Joanne Karen Overell, Michael Brian Pocklington, Patrick Axel Postrehovsky, Simon Peter Romauld Schlegel, Shikha Sehgal, Olivia Jane Shumack, Anna Elizabeth Smith, Bianca Stanley, Tan Yoke Hua, Melissa, Anton Watkins, Scott Alexander Wells, Katherine Anne Withnell, Yap Xin Ling.

Many degrees were conferred in absentia-to Amy Chen, Kyusuck Hui, Lilly Letting, Raymond Lu, Charlotte Manning, Laurelle McBain, Rachel Nicholls and Kate Woolridge. Kate is working in Washington DC with the Four Seasons Group. She won the Novotel Award for 2003. That is awarded to the student who has shown a high level of commitment to the industry and excelled in their placements.

It is with pride that I commend this to the house. I urge the government to come forward and expedite the making of a decision. I believe in the Australian Hotel School and want to see a commitment made to help them further, so they know they have certainty for the students of the future.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

MS DUNDAS (4.38): As was touched upon in question time today, today is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This highlights the need for both men and women to commit to ending violence against women in all its forms. The campaign is being noted today across the country and across the world by the wearing of white ribbons. I note that many members of the Assembly are wearing white ribbons today.

I congratulate UNIFEM and particularly Libby Lloyd, who worked very hard to make this campaign a success today. They received no support from the federal government, which they have had in the past, for this international day for the elimination of violence against women. Libby worked very hard, with other dedicated women, to make sure this day was a success and that everybody who wanted to wear a white ribbon and make the pledge never to commit violence, or never to remain silent about it, was able to do so. Thanks to Libby's work, people from the Torres Strait down to Tuggeranong, and all across Australia, are wearing white ribbons and making it clear that they are committed to ending violence in all its forms.

I think it is incredibly important that we have this day on our calendar and that we take the time to mark it. Every hour, around the world, at least one person reports a sexual

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