Page 2862 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 17 August 2005

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As I have matured, my tastes have matured as well. The most recent performance I attended was A Month of Sundays, a play depicting a struggle for a closer relationship between a father living in assisted care in a nursing home and his family, now finding it difficult to spend the time visiting him, and the tragedy of his memory loss with ageing. The play was produced by the Free Rain Theatre, a Canberra-based company, and it brought you into their life as depicted on the stage. It reminded me of the time spent with my father at a Canberra nursing home before he passed away.

Mr Speaker, I have enjoyed the theatre in Canberra over many years and I congratulate the centre on 40 years of entertaining Canberrans.

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (5.35), in reply: Mr Speaker, I thank all members for their contribution to the debate. As I said at the outset, pressures of time prevented me from speaking to this motion beforehand. However, those who have joined me in speaking to it today have shown that there is still plenty to celebrate. I join with all those who spoke about the importance of amateur, as well as professional, production. I agree that the life of a place is indeed represented well by the cultural activities of its citizens.

Let us not forget, and it would be remiss of me if I did, to acknowledge the contribution to our cultural life made by the owners of this land, our indigenous community. For many years, in remote areas of the Northern Territory, I had many opportunities to enjoy their art, dance and music. They were as ancient as the land itself and as fresh as today. The Canberra Theatre Centre remains a place that we can all utilise, we can all be proud of and we can all celebrate. As I said before, I thank members for their support.

Motion agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Quinlan) agreed to:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.36 pm.

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