Page 5131 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 17 November 2009

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were given short shrift by the Chief Minister and undermined by the Chief Minister’s own staff, who had an undisclosed conflict of interest.

Nor have the Flynn community received much consolation from our Greens colleagues in this place. Their failure to support the Flynn school in this place after the raising of the community’s expectations during the election has been noted. The Greens’ betrayal of Flynn during the recent inquiry into school closures has not gone unnoticed.

By contrast, I am proud of the strong support by the Canberra Liberals for the Flynn community. I would particularly like to note Mr Coe’s taking up the baton from his predecessor Mr Stefaniak and fighting very eloquently and much to the annoyance of the Chief Minister on this matter. It is really only the Canberra Liberals who have shown support for the Flynn community in this matter.

St Thomas the Apostle school fete

Canberra United Football Club

Miss Saigon

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (4.45): Last Saturday I spent a couple of hours in a most enjoyable fashion in my electorate in Tuggeranong, at the St Thomas the Apostle parish and school fete, along with colleagues from the ACT Assembly: Zed Seselja, Vicki Dunne and Joy Burch. We were all treated to some wonderful hospitality by the principal, Ms Judy Spence, who also doubled as the MC on the all-important fundraising chocolate wheel. It was very impressive to see the large turnout of Kambah residents in support of this now traditional fete that raises significant money required to run the school.

But it is not just about raising money; it is an opportunity for the school community to meet with their Kambah neighbours. They were all there—the teachers; the parents; the schoolchildren; and the parish and school committee members, like Andrew Satrapa and Luis Lifschutz, to name just two of the many school volunteers who made a great contribution on the day and in the weeks prior in preparation of the fete.

The fete, as I mentioned, was a great success. Our congratulations go to Ms Spence, the principal, and all her teachers, who all contributed in a wonderful fashion.

On that same afternoon I made the long trip out to McKellar Stadium to watch our own Canberra United women’s football team in the great 4-0 win over the visiting Perth Glory team. Leading 1-0 at half-time, Ray Junna’s team played superb football to score three more goals in the second half and end up 4-0 winners on a very hot but enjoyable day. Mr Speaker, knowing your love of various sporting endeavours, I would encourage you to go and watch our Canberra United team play—as I would all of our colleagues in the Assembly.

I also echo the sentiments of my colleague Alistair Coe regarding the CAT awards and Coralie Wood and her dedicated group of judges and supporters. It is high time that they were recognised for their contributions to the Canberra performing arts community with some long overdue funding that they certainly deserve.

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