Page 2195 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 21 June 2011

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I thank Mr Zivko for that speech, because it eloquently sums up from this generation of Croatian Australians just what that journey means and the sacrifices of so many who came from Croatia to make a better life here in Australia. He also eloquently sums up just how grateful we are to live in a wonderful nation such as Australia. As a product of that Croatian-Australian community I would like to pay tribute to all those who came, all of those who have made sacrifices, all of those who still contribute to the Croatian community here in Canberra. I thank the Croatian community for the contribution they continue to make to the ACT, like so many other migrant communities, which is a significant one. We are a richer city for it. We are a better nation for it. On this 20th anniversary of independence for the Republic of Croatia, it is a great time to reflect on that and on just how far we have come.


MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (9.51): I would like to talk briefly about Canberra’s first Carrotmob, which happened on the June long weekend for those of us who were not away then. Some of us went to the Ainslie IGA. Mr Speaker, I saw you there as well. Some people here may not know what a Carrotmob is. A Carrotmob is the idea behind there being sticks and carrots. Carrotmob is a bunch of people getting together to be the carrot, to encourage businesses to do the right thing, to do something more sustainable.

In this case, the Carrotmob was organised by the bunch of people who put together the love40percent campaign. They went around businesses and said that they could get a bunch of people together that would go to the business that offered the best deal from a sustainability point of view. So they went to Ainslie IGA because Ainslie IGA said that they would spend 100 per cent of the additional profits they got on that Saturday for sustainability things. Actually, it was not 100 per cent of the profits. It was 100 per cent of the extra sales above their normal ones. That is a seriously large amount of money. In fact, it turned out to be $12,000.

As I said, I was there. It was a really nice event. Ainslie IGA was full of people. It was full of people who said that they had never been there before. They asked themselves, “What would I like to buy here?” I was one of those. I bought some things I would not otherwise probably have bought. There was music, there were carrots to eat, there was carrot juice. It was all in all a really nice day and a really good, positive way of encouraging the positive change which is happening in many places in Canberra. I hope we see many more Carrotmobs in Canberra.

World Refugee Day

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (9.55): Mr Speaker, yesterday was World Refugee Day. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, giving us yet another reason to celebrate. This week has also been designated National Refugee Week.

Last Saturday I was proud to represent the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, at the seventh annual World Refugee Day soccer tournament at Cook oval. I presented trophies to the winners and runners-up at this brand new tournament, which celebrated

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