Page 4769 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 10 November 2009

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MR SESELJA: Sorry, and Mr Doszpot; my apologies.

Ms Hunter: I was there as well.

MR SESELJA: Who else? I am not going to go through everyone. That is not the point here, but if other people want to get on the record I am sure they can.

It was a wonderful evening and I would like to pay tribute to the Canberra Business Council and indeed to each of the award winners because there were a number of very impressive Canberra businesses. I would like to pay tribute to the outgoing chair of the Canberra Business Council, Craig Sloan, who has served with distinction over the last few years and was given quite a send-off at the Canberra Business Council awards—he has done a sensational job—and to Chris Faulks, of course, who is still looking after the Canberra Business Council and has done an outstanding job also.

I would like to also congratulate Brand Hoff, the incoming chair, who was elected at the GM just prior to the awards, and Michelle Melbourne, who is the new deputy chair. Well done to each of those. I know that both Brand and Michelle have been distinguished members of the business community here in the ACT for many years and I congratulate them on the new role that they will be taking on in service of the broader community.

There were a number of monthly winners and I would like to briefly make mention of them: Dynjab Technologies in September 2008; Auraya, October 2008; Dyesol, November 2008; Stratsec, December 2008; Simmersion Holdings, February 2009; EOS Creative Technology Solutions, March 2009; Point Project Management, April 2009; Intelledox, June 2009; HealthCube Management, July 2009; and Treonic Pty Ltd in August 2009. The overall winner was Stratsec, winning the 2009 business awards.

I would like to pay tribute to Stratsec. They are an impressive Canberra company who are doing a sensational job so I would like to congratulate Peter Lilley, the CEO, who was also the co-founder along with Doug Stuart. To Peter Lilley, to Nick Ellsmore and to Doug Stuart, and indeed to all of the Stratsec staff, congratulations on a fantastic award, a wonderful recognition of a growing Canberra company.

I would like to also make mention of the Holy Trinity school fete. I was very honoured to be invited and to have the opportunity to attend on 1 November and be part of the activities. It is always wonderful to go and see the activities of our local school communities. But the Holy Trinity school community made me feel very welcome, made my family feel very welcome and indeed demonstrated what a wonderful school community they are.

I think it was a very successful fundraiser. I understand they do it every second year, so I wish them all the best. I wish Marg Koenen, the principal, and all the teachers, all the parents and all the students the best for the future of Holy Trinity. I put on record my appreciation to the community for making me feel very welcome on Sunday, 1 November.

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