Page 1474 - Week 04 - Thursday, 26 March 2009

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Mr Hanson: Good at forwarding. She’s good at forwarding.

MRS DUNNE: Yes. She admitted yesterday that she had in fact pressed the forward button more than 1,300 times in the last term. She did accept that she was the person who pressed the forward button. What we have here today is more proof that Ms Porter is a very slack person when it comes to representing to the people of the ACT what she actually does. She is quite happy to say how hardworking she is and how many letters she has written, but what evidence do we have that she actually does anything about it?

The evidence that we have, the evidence of her achievements, is a press release about an event that did not happen. Dragon boats—how she gave out prizes at a dragon boating event that did not happen. We have press releases about how she saved the Hawker shops, when by her own admission she did not know what to do until I proposed a solution to this.

Mr Coe: She was a phantom at the dragon boats.

MRS DUNNE: Again yesterday she was out representing to journalists that she had done particular things. She did not say, “Look, this is something I am hoping to do in the course of the day.” This is what we normally do: “We are putting this out. This is the motion we hope to get to, but I’ll let you know whether we’ve run the motion or not.”

It is very important to keep your relationships with the media on a good footing, Ms Porter. Your status now as Mary the Pretender—the pretender attender at things, the pretender doer—puts you in a very ugly position. You have been caught out three times. I beg you, Ms Porter, for the sake of your own reputation, not to try and cash in on the Nicholls shops. Don’t try and cash in on the Nicholls shops, and in future be a little bit more careful when you embargo press releases.


Calvary Public Hospital

Order of the Little Company of Mary

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (5.37): Madam Assistant speaker, on the weekend I had the opportunity to attend one of the events put on by Sailability. Sailability is a not-for-profit, volunteer based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability, the elderly and the financially and socially disadvantaged.

Sailability operates in numerous countries throughout the world, through activities at 350 local Sailability clubs. Under various names, Sailability operates in Australia, France, Greece, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Timor Leste and USA, with new national Sailability organisations currently being established in all parts of the world.

Sailability was introduced to Australia in 1991. There are now over 50 groups around Australia in every state and territory. Sailability has its own clubhouse located on the

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