Page 1134 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 30 March 2011

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when they have a spare moment. There is a Facebook group that actually says, “I want the ACT government to fix the lake so I can swim and fish in it.” It has over 100 members now. There are all these little pockets of Canberra that really appreciate and understand this problem and they are looking for us to fix it.

I thank members for their support. I look forward to the report from the commissioner. I think it will give us a strong foundation to move forward and get on with the job of getting our lake fixed and making it the jewel in Canberra that it should be.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Scripture Union ACT

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (6.18): I want to make mention of a couple of things this evening. One was the opportunity to attend, along with colleagues such as Alastair Coe and Steve Doszpot, the Scripture Union ACT regeneration dinner. It was a very well-attended event. There were about 500 people at the Hellenic Club. The Scripture Union ACT regeneration dinner is about supporting the chaplaincy program in the ACT.

The chaplains do a fantastic job in providing pastoral care in schools right across the ACT, and the Scripture Union is a major provider of these chaplains. So I wanted to acknowledge the wonderful work done by Scripture Union and the work that is done, particularly by the chaplains. Some of the stories we heard at the dinner about the difference that these chaplains make were quite significant. They are often dealing with kids who are going through a very difficult time and need someone to lend them an ear, and the chaplains provide that. So I think it has been a great success.

This was a Howard government initiative and, to the Gillard government’s credit, they have maintained it. I think that is something that is worth continuing to maintain. I think it has been a very successful program and I know that many of the school communities who have received those chaplaincy services are very grateful for it.

We were treated to a talk from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, one of Australia’s pre-eminent adolescent psychologists, and I have got to say that I found him to be a very engaging speaker and someone who was very good to chat to as well. Cameron Semmens, a performance poet, was the MC and he provided a lot of entertainment on the night. We were also welcomed by the CEO of Scripture Union ACT, Craig Webber. I would like to thank all of them for the great work that they do.

I am not sure whether I will be able to read all of this extract but I was handed this by Sue Jordan from St Johns Care. This is an extract from their newsletter that she was keen to promote:

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