Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 13 October 2009) . . Page.. 4392 ..
blessed on this harvest full moon festival, and I sincerely wish you and your family to be full with health and happiness all the times. Thank you all. Gam sah ham nee dah.”
Ride to Work Day
MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (5.21): I rise today to talk about what is happening tomorrow morning. It is Ride to Work Day and I know all MLAs and inhabitants of this building have been invited to attend the breakfast. Ride to Work Day is a national day encouraging people to ride to work. I think it is only three years old as a national celebration. It was held in individual states before that. Two years before my involvement with the Legislative Assembly, Australian Ethical Investment, where I worked, hosted a community breakfast. This year I will be going to the community breakfast here in Glebe Park. Before the breakfast I think Mr Corbell will be joining me in riding round the city loop. It will be a nice early start—maybe not nice! Riding is a really good thing to do. It is good for your body and it is good for your mind—although not so good for your mind when you are going down Northbourne Avenue. It is good for the planet because we are using less fossil fuel. It also saves money. Riding is generally a win-win and I hope to see you all at breakfast with your bikes tomorrow morning.
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women) (5.23): I rise briefly to update the Assembly on my episode, or whatever, on Facebook. Last sitting I again raised the issue around the photo that appears on the fake Katy Gallagher site and asked the Leader of the Opposition to confirm that this individual was known to the Liberal Party and to members in this place. Strangely enough, just after the Assembly adjourned last period, on Thursday, 17 September, at around 7 o’clock at night a letter was squashed under the door of my office saying:
Dear Ms Gallagher,
I refer to your comments in the adjournment debate on 16 September 2009. In response to comments you made, I can advise you that I do not know the gentleman in the photo you tabled and I am advised that none of the Liberal MLAs know who this gentleman is either.
It is strange that he will not come into this place and say those words but he waits until the Assembly adjourns. It just adds a bit more to the mystery surrounding this whole Facebook site. I would say that there are rumours around the fact that Liberal MLAs—or through their staff—are aware of who that individual is or who the individual behind the Facebook site was—if it is not the photo of the man identified.
I am going to keep raising this issue because it is about the dignity and respect of members of this place, which has been severely damaged by the actions of, I believe, the Liberal Party. I think they should take responsibility for it. I just cannot believe that a fake Katy Gallagher site, poking fun at me professionally and personally, with a