Page 813 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2006

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group, it can be done for another. We all know that with political will an enormous amount can happen. Does this Assembly have the political will to do that?

The arguments that have been raised today must have been raised over and again when women fought for the right to vote and when indigenous people were given the right to vote. We need to remember that a group of people that feel disenfranchised have rarely got the power to push for something. So let us explore these matters by referring this proposal to a committee. I would like to support the amendments and see the whole Assembly get behind this enterprise of giving 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote.

Amendments agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Stanhope) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Charny Carni

Canberra Raiders

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (5.58): I wish to make several points. Firstly, I attended, a bit later than I had hoped but I still got there, the Charnwood carnival—the Charny Carni—last weekend. I was delayed by playing in a veterans game at Canberra stadium. On the up side, I actually got a try. Thank God someone dragged me off the field to interview me as it gave me a breather in the second half. When I got to the Charny Carni I helped out with a sausage sizzle by St Thomas Aquinas, which my little girl Lucy goes to. It was just a brilliantly run carnival. I missed Ms Porter doing the mullet or whatever it was. That would have been quite a lot of fun.

I had the privilege of drawing the name of the winner of a $1,000 prize which was donated by Brian Frith, the chemist at Charnwood, who has done a mighty job on the committee to get medical facilities at Charnwood and who also does a fantastic job, as the community chemist, in assisting people with their medical needs because there are no doctors in Charnwood anymore. I thank Brian for that and it was a pleasure to draw the name of the winner of that raffle in his absence. Might I say that $2,000 was given as a prize by the real estate agency in Charnwood. I thought that was fantastic. My congratulations and thanks go as well to the donors of the $500 and $250 prizes.

Lots of people did a fantastic job in organising the Charnwood carnival and I pay tribute to them all. In terms of the group I was immediately helping, one of the main organisers of the carnival, certainly the St Thomas Aquinas end of it, was Carmel Stokes, who did a power of work in organising the St Thomas Aquinas contingent. Carmel is my next door neighbour as well and we both have children at the same school. She did a particularly good and efficient job.

I apologise to the two people to whom I sold sausages which probably were not as well cooked as they thought they should be. I was more worried about burning some than

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