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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 5048 ..

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Stanhope ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Volunteering ACT

MRS BURKE (5.19): Mr Speaker, this week we celebrated International Day of Volunteers and, of course, may we never forget the invaluable, caring and wonderful service that has been given to our community by many volunteers in the ACT. On that same day, Volunteering ACT celebrated its 10th birthday; it also celebrated a new and fresh look by adopting a new logo. Mr Speaker, it is a fine logo, too-very vibrant and bright-and Green Words and Images are to be commended for their work in this regard. The occasion was well sponsored. People may have seen in the newspapers pictures of the Clown Rounds who go around hospitals entertaining those who are not well. We were duly entertained by such a group of people.

The patron of Volunteering ACT is former Senator Margaret Reid. She has assumed a new title by virtue of the vice-president, Arthur Wilks, referring to her as emeritus Senator Margaret Reid. We were all given an explanation as to why he and we are allowed to now call her that.

It was an exceptional day and a good time to catch up with volunteers. I sincerely hope that Volunteering ACT are successful in their hard lobbying of the government to ensure that they have adequate funds not only to keep the service running but also to enhance the way they serve the community. It would be excellent if that funding could be restored and, if possible, increased. This is what is needed if the organisation is to keep up the good work that it does, thereby saving the government of the day hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

So congratulations to Volunteering ACT on their 10th birthday, and here is to 10 more. My very best wishes to Mary Porter and Ian De Landelles, to name but two-it is a big list but I promise, Mr Speaker, not to name them all-and all the wonderful ladies who work for this organisation. I would like to commend Volunteering ACT and the work they do and congratulate them on their 10th birthday.

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