Page 542 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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I was most impressed with the song that I could not quite remember. The principal, Sue Mueller, sent me an email just today to let me know that the music I was so enamoured of was by Randy Newman—I should have remembered that—and the song was, You’ve Got a Friend in Me. They certainly have got a friend in me; I will be visiting Torrens again. I think they have got a twilight fair coming up on 2 April, and I will be there. I would encourage colleagues who represent the same electorate to come along and share in the friendship that I certainly was very grateful for at Torrens primary school. My congratulations to Sue Mueller and all her staff at Torrens primary school.

Tuggeranong 55 Plus Club

Missing Peace Exhibition

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (4.45): On Wednesday, 2 March, Minister Joy Burch conducted a sod turning ceremony for the site of the Tuggeranong 55 Plus Club. Mr Hargreaves, Mr Doszpot and I were all at the ceremony. All MLAs in Brindabella have been very supportive of the 55 Plus Club establishing their own site. They currently use the Tuggeranong Community Centre for the activities but, as the club’s membership has expanded and there is an ever-increasing demand for their services, it has become more evident that they need their own site. This means they can run their activities more frequently for the people that need them.

55 Plus is a very important club as it very much addresses the issue of social isolation that many older people face. It is also about keeping people active and engaged as they age. I have asked a number of questions of the minister in committees and through the chamber, so I, like all MLAs, particularly MLAs in Brindabella, were very pleased by the announcement that they will get their own site and building and in a wonderful location by Lake Tuggeranong.

I particularly congratulate Maureen Cane and all at Communities@Work and also the wonderful Rusty Woodward, who tirelessly lobbied for the 55 Plus Club to have their own site. Mr Doszpot and I did miss out on getting an invite to the ceremony, but I am sure that it was just lost in the mail.

Mr Doszpot: It was an oversight, was it?

MS BRESNAN: It was just an oversight from the minister’s office, exactly. That is correct, Mr Doszpot.

On 2 March, I also launched the Missing Peace exhibition at the Legislative Assembly. Mr Doszpot, Ms Le Couteur and Mr Coe attended, and I thank them for their support for the exhibition. The exhibition aimed to highlight stories of bravery amidst the hardship of post-war Sri Lanka.

The situation for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, in particular, as I have said, is something I have spoken about on a number of occasions in the Assembly. With the conflict that has occurred in Sri Lanka, the Tamil people in the north of Sri Lanka have suffered a situation many of us could only imagine. As with most conflicts, it is

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