Page 5620 - Week 15 - Wednesday, 9 December 2009

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I want to congratulate Caro Roach, who is the ACT community arts office’s arts ability officer, on putting the exhibition together—and what a wonderful job she did on that. I also want to mention the artists who were involved in the exhibition. They were Cranleigh primary school, Black Mountain high school, Paperworks, Keith Carfrae, Dianna Davidson, Pauline Mager, Judith Ann, Ralph, Rebecca Hill, Jo Hanson, Giselle Burningham, Keith Reece, Paul Bilton, Dagmara Anders, Dr Possum, Jenny Snell, Jenni Heckendorf and guest artist Harrison Saragossi. Harrison’s photographs of residents from a dementia residential aged-care home were some of the most powerful photographs I have seen for quite some time. It was a really wonderful day and exhibition and again I congratulate all the artists involved and thank them for being able to be involved in the exhibition also.

I also want to, briefly, give an update on Bianca “Bam-Bam” Elmir, our resident fighter in the Assembly. Bianca competed in the 2009 Australian boxing championships in Canberra, from 3 to 6 December. Bianca was placed second, so received a silver medal in the 54-kilo weight division. So she is now placed second in Australia in the boxing and also first place in kickboxing. So, again, I will just put out that invitation: if anyone has any questions they would like to direct to my office, or anyone in the Greens, just come and talk to Bianca; they can deal with her.

Mrs Dunne: Oh, the new level of consultation amongst the Greens, I see.

MS BRESNAN: That is right: we have just got a boxer to deal with them. Even though Bianca said to me that she owned the boxing ring, unfortunately the judges giving out the points did not give Bianca the points decisions she needed. But she will be fighting again in March and August for qualifiers for the Commonwealth Games. I congratulate her on this achievement and wish her all the best and every luck in the world for these upcoming fights, and hopefully that she can make the Commonwealth Games team.

In relation to my Erindale motion today, which I was very pleased that everyone supported in the Assembly, I have to say that I was amused by press releases that came out from both the Liberal Party and the Labor Party claiming that they had been responsible for passing the motion. I thought that was very entertaining. I acknowledge that it is not a new idea, but it is something that we put forward and led on. I do like the Liberals’ press release, which says that for five years they have been calling for this to happen. But they did not actually do anything about it, which is interesting. And Mr Barr’s is particularly amusing as he is basically saying that the Greens and the Liberals supported Labor’s move to deliver this master plan. I would like Mr Barr to actually check the notice paper, particularly from September, where I put the motion on the notice paper, and I also refer him to the discussions that we had, where we actually pushed him to do the master plan. He agreed to do it and I thank him for that.

I just have to read one of his other statements. Even for Mr Barr, who I think we have called the king of spin today, this line is particularly good: “It is refreshing that today we have seen the Greens Party and Liberals not play politics with planning and back Labor’s sensible approach to planning Tuggeranong and Erindale.” For Mr Barr to claim that, for him to be talking about not playing politics, when quite clearly that is

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