Page 1476 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 6 April 2005

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MR SMYTH: No, I didn’t say anything.

Mr Corbell: On the point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker: Mr Smyth clearly said that I was making things up.

MR SMYTH: No I did not. You should listen closely.

Mr Corbell: And that I needed to stop doing that and he was going to suggest to me how I do that. That is, again, an improper imputation. He is indicating in his comments that I am in some way making things up; therefore, I am misleading and lying to this place. He knows that is an improper imputation. He knows he cannot do that, but he continually does that in this place. You should ask him again to withdraw that imputation.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, I did not hear those words spoken. I will check that later. At this point I do not agree that a point of order has been raised.

MR SMYTH: Mr Deputy Speaker, this is what happened: in December 2001, the government appropriated money, some $2.75 million, for assorted radiotherapy equipment. This included not one but two multileaf collimators, a CT simulator and new planning software. In July 2002, estimates was told that the new equipment was installed, and:

We now have a planning system that is one of the best you can get.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member’s time has expired.

Youth Evolution Art

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (6.05): I would like to bring to members’ attention an art exhibition, Youth Evolution Art, that I had the pleasure of launching this afternoon at the Belconnen Community Art Space. This exhibition is the result of the work of three groups of young people, two young women’s groups and one young men’s group. The young women have been involved in producing a photomontage and zines, mini magazines, an example of which I have here. The young men created wonderful, individually wood-crafted graffiti with Tongan and Samoan influences. These young people did not only learn about how to create their works of art, they also learned about relationships, communication, body image and how to have input into the decision making of the groups.

The groups are conducted by U-turn. U-turn is the initiative of the Belconnen Community Service and is funded by the ACT government. The groups are conducted in the Belconnen Town Centre and West Belconnen. It is projected that these areas will have a greater increase in numbers of young people per head of population than other areas of the ACT in the near future. It is the young people themselves who have chosen the type of activity that they want to be engaged in, and the community and the government have responded.

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