Page 5379 - Week 14 - Thursday, 19 November 2009

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Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill as a whole.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (5.58), by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 and 2 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 5389]. I have already spoken to the amendments. We are about to adjourn so I will not speak for long. The amendments seek to bring forward the reporting date. I thank the Labor Party, or the government, for their support.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (5.59): The Greens will be supporting these amendments, as has already been said. They bring forward the review date and then obviously the reporting date. They seem like reasonable amendments.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

At 6 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put.


Ms Gemma Sisia

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dr Craig Emerson

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (6.00): I had the opportunity earlier this week to attend the parliamentary prayer breakfast at Parliament House. It was an excellent event, as it always is. It was well attended by all senior politicians at the federal level, including the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader and a number of senior ministers. But I do not want to speak about them today; I want to speak about the guest speaker, Gemma Sisia. People may have seen the Australian Story episode about Gemma some time ago. Gemma is an Australian who grew up on a New South Wales farm with seven brothers and went to Africa on a mission and established the School of St Jude.

Gemma Sisia is quite an extraordinary individual. She originally saw footage about Ethiopia on TV and felt the urge to make a difference. She went to Africa to work with sisters in Uganda, and she realised that what children needed most was education. So she started by sponsoring individual children into schools with donations and scholarships. She started with $10 in a bank account to build a school for poor but bright African children in Tanzania.

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