Page 4334 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2005

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MR SPEAKER: You will need leave, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: I seek leave to table a statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: I present the following paper:

Malarial mosquitoes—A declaration of the informed and concerned.

I thank members for their leave. The coalition is headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and includes eminent academics and government health officials and specialists, the co-founder of Greenpeace, the president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, and the president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, amongst many others from the world’s sciences, universities, human rights and businesses.

I will be writing to all members of the Assembly seeking their signatures to a statement of support for the coalition and I will also be writing to other parliaments in a similar way. I trust that members of the Assembly will join with me in this modest attempt to put an end to a wholly avoidable premature death for millions of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.


Kaleen high school

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, Minister for Women and Minister for Industrial Relations) (4.49): I rise briefly on two matters. The first one is that, for the second consecutive year, ParentLink has won the best service award at the Canberra Kids Expo, which was held at Exhibition Park from 4 to 6 November. ParentLink is an ACT government service designed to increase parents’ confidence and skills by supporting and linking them to a network of available information.

I congratulate ParentLink and the staff of ParentLink on their achievement. I understand that they won the award after receiving votes from guests and all those attending the Kids Expo on the weekend. The stall attracted at least 400 parents over the three-day event. The stall was staffed on a roster basis by ParentLink, training and community education staff and staff from child and family centres. So congratulations to ParentLink for the award and to all those who participated on that stall over the weekend.

The second matter is this: I would like to read out a letter received by the Department of Education and Training but copied to my office from a parent of two students at Kaleen high school. The letter reads:

I am writing not to complain about the school nor the education system in any way. In fact, I am writing to let you know what a truly remarkable school Kaleen High is.

My daughter changed from a private school last year to Kaleen High and was having difficulties with school at the time. My son started at the school in year 7 this year. Our family has found the school to be extremely supportive of not just the students but also of families as a whole. This school goes out of its way to ensure that every student is treated as a valued member of the school community.

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