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do the territory a favour, do the people of Canberra a favour and do not become an echo of Peter Costello. Thank you for your support of the bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Hargreaves) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Fashion parade

MR SMYTH (Brindabella—Leader of the Opposition) (5.29): I wish to bring to the attention of the Assembly a fashion parade that occurred at the National Museum of Australia on the 14th of last month called Eclection—it is a word put together by the students of the CIT who actually put the exhibition on—to reflect what they see as an eclectic collection of their fashion and design.

What we had, Mr Speaker, was 14 graduating designers who had done the three-year course, who had gone out and raised sponsorship of some $70,000 to put on a show, to say to the people of Canberra, indeed to the people of Australia, that there is the genesis of a fashion industry here and it is worthy of support. Many of them said to me that they regret the fact that they have to go to Sydney or Melbourne, because they would much prefer to stay here and be part of a fashion industry that could grow in the ACT, if it had some support.

So I am quite willing to give them that support. To designers like Aaron Paul Luke, Maria Maung, Kate Reilly, Haley Pearce, Alisa O’Connor, Annelies Duijnhoven, Alice De Barlinge, Olivia Bartley, Kate Beattie, Anna Crossley, Alicia Ferguson, Meagan Fraser, Kristal Bateman and Bronwyn Bowerman, who formed the graduating class for the CIT design course of 2004, I would say congratulations on what you presented. What they presented, Mr Speaker, was a range of fashion items all the way from very high-class bridal wear through to fashion accessories for younger ACT residents. I think, in the main, the assessment from the crowd—and certainly from the media—was that most of them had a future in the industry.

To the sponsors, the National Museum of Australia, Audio Solutions, Models dot com, Intercoiffure, the Hyatt Hotel, bytes ’n colours, Canberra Make-Up Academy, City News, Huon and the Canberra Centre: well done. To the other sponsors, Stock Jeans, Richard Luton, L’Oreal, Lennock, O’Connor McNamara, Minque, who provided the after-party party, ActewAGL, CIT, Hamish Gregory Photography, Elesa Lee Photography and CITSA: the $70,000 that you put in was, I think, a validation of what

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