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abilities to provide for children’s needs. They continue to be a resource to parents, students, childcare service providers and teachers, as well as offering the freedom to become a part of their program. Baringa Child Care Centre is an important icon in the west Belconnen area and I congratulate the centre on reaching its 25th anniversary.

Special Olympics junior national games

Legislative Assembly—Liberal members

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations) (6.28): I take the remaining time to advise members of a very important event that will be taking place tomorrow, and that is the commencement of the Special Olympics junior national games. We will be receiving and hosting athletes from all around Australia and a number of overseas countries in Canberra for a three-day event.

There will be a street parade down Northbourne Avenue tomorrow from 11.00 am, together with a formal welcome at Glebe Park at midday. Later in the evening the formal opening ceremony will be conducted at the AIS arena, from 7.30, and then the games will take place over the weekend.

It is tremendous that the ACT is able to host such an outstanding event. We look forward to welcoming all of our guests over this weekend and trust that all of the participants will have an outstanding time in the capital.

In the remaining time available to me, it is worth noting that another sitting fortnight has passed without any new policy from the opposition and that the need for a territory plan variation to zone the area over there as a policy-free zone is becoming increasingly apparent. I suspect that a reference to the Assembly’s planning and environment committee is needed very soon for them to consider the fact that this area of this part of the city is a policy-free zone.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.30 pm until Tuesday, 6 May 2008, at 10.30 am.

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