Page 2339 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 22 June 2011

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The tradition of freedom of entry to a city dates back to a custom observed by British regiments as they marched through the city of London. The granting of freedom of entry allows a unit to march through a city or a shire with its bayonets fixed, its colours flying and music playing, after a formal challenge has been offered by the relevant officials which has been responded to by a unit’s commanding officer.

With regard to the unit’s commanding officer and the commandant, I would like to thank the Commandant of the Royal Military College, Brigadier David Luhrs CSC, for hosting the event, and all of those on parade, including the commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Hedges CSC, the second-in-charge, Major Clare Kellaway, the adjutant, Captain Michael Kearns, and the other officers and officers commanding, Captain Bradley Heskett, Captain Scottie Morris, Captain Thomas Drew, Captain Emma-Jayne Grigson, Captain Garth Fallon, Captain Sam Waite, Warrant Officer Class 1 Ken Bullman OAM, Major Geoffrey Grey CSM, and Warrant Officer Class 1 Simon Renfrey OAM. The Regimental Colour Party comprised ensign Under Officer Ciaran McGinnis and escorts Colour Sergeant Matthew Scattergood and Colour Sergeant Jacob Choi.

The corps on parade were drilled to perfection by Warrant Officer Class 1 Kenneth Bullman and the parade commander was Senior Under Officer Tim Glover. The company under officers were Under Officers Alex Grant, Adam Grigg, Benjamin Moroney, Nicholas Chamberlin and Tamara Malkki. The Queen’s Colour Party comprised Under Officer Ciaran McGinniss, Colour Sergeants Chris Cox and Peter Cherry, and the ensign was Under Officer Zavia Tiplady. The escorts were Colour Sergeant Matthew Scattergood and Colour Sergeant Jacob Choi. The Sovereign’s Banner Party comprised Colour Sergeant Joshua Scott and escorts Corporal Deane Brieshcke and Corporal Matthew Van Blerk. The Drill Wing Sergeant Major was Warrant Officer Class 2 Andrew Donnelly. The drill sergeants were always feared creatures for me. I remember my drill sergeant, Warrant Officer Class 1 Mark Dunne, as he is now. Sergeant Mark Dunne was certainly a fearsome character and no doubt these fellows are as well. The drill sergeants were Sergeant Tim Grover, Sergeant Matt Rhodes, Sergeant Luke Anderson, Sergeant Murray Severin and Sergeant Pete Dymond. The announcer on the day was Major Robert Morrison RFD, who many of you would have heard at other parades and events in Canberra.

I would also like to thank the SO2 Protocol and Visits, Major Steve Hladio, who put much of the event together. No doubt there were others behind the scenes as well who deserve mention. But well done to the Royal Military College, congratulations on their 100th anniversary and I look forward to future events later this year.

Question on notice No 1395

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.52): I am glad that Minister Burch is here. I would like to draw Minister Burch’s attention to a question that I have been pursuing for a couple of days, and that is question on notice 1395. After question time today Minister Burch said that she had signed off on it.

I am now completely flummoxed as to where the question is because after question time today I received a request from chamber support to ask whether I would agree to

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