Page 1627 - Week 04 - Thursday, 7 April 2011

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Motion by Mr Barr proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Canberra City Pipes and Drums

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (5.56): It gives me great pleasure tonight to stand up and speak about an activity that has been coordinated by the Canberra City Pipes and Drums, which are also the Australian Federal Police Pipes and Drums. I refer to a thank you T-shirt which has written on it the words: “Thank you. Remember them. 25 April.” The aim of that T-shirt is to promote, to remember and to honour Australian veterans on Anzac Day so that people can wear that T-shirt with pride, be it at the dawn service, whilst the parade is on or at their local club having a beer and a game of two-up.

For those that are unaware, the Canberra City Pipes and Drums is a commemorative pipes and drums. It plays at a number of ceremonial events. These might include our Vietnam Veterans Day, National Police Remembrance Day, Anzac Day and so on. The reason that the Canberra City Pipes and Drums is doing this is principally to try and promote the veterans in our community and the link between our community and veterans in a way that the community can say thank you to veterans on Anzac Day.

It is also a way that the pipes and drums can raise funds for both themselves and more importantly for the RSL. The money that is raised will either go to the RSL or to the Canberra City Pipes and Drums so that they can participate in the events that are so important to our community and so that they can represent our community overseas. The intent is that they will get back to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in November 2012 so they can represent our great city at that wonderful event. I think that is a great thing that they are doing.

The T-shirts are available from a number of outlets, including the Bendigo Bank in a number of areas—Bungendore, Calwell, Wanniassa, Canberra City and Jamison. They are available from the Bungendore post office and the Canberra Services Club or you can go online to I am very pleased to say that this is a bipartisan measure. I thank the Chief Minister for his generous donation of $2,500 towards this initiative to support the pipes and drums.

The inspiration for this event has come principally from Pipe Lance Corporal Jenni Hamer, who came up with the idea and has been the force behind it, obviously supported by a number of people in the pipes and drums, including the Pipe Major Dina Kinsman, her media representative Fiona Irvine and the pipes and drums.

They were playing the other day at a media event on 1 April at City Walk in Civic. It was great to see the pipes and drums out there making the great music that they do. At the event it was also good to see the support from representatives of the AFP. Jeremy Lasek was there representing the Chief Minister and spoke at the event, as did the

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