Page 2937 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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walked through the toilet areas, and I was appalled. The toilet in the babies’ room is behind a roller door because they can find no other way to isolate the toilet from the main area of the babies’ room. The structure is appalling. If I were the landlord of that building, I would be ashamed. The minister should be ashamed.

By stark contrast, I visited Baringa early childhood centre. I was hosted by Judy Small. Judy is very proud of the new renovations that have taken place there. I do note that, by contrast, the splendid renovations at Baringa childcare and extension come at about half the cost of the childcare places that we will see established in Flynn, where we will see just over 100 places at roughly $40,000 per place. This is a matter that we should be very concerned about. The money that the government is spending on refurbishments is not necessarily giving us value for money. A lot of money is being spent in some places, and other places like Totom are going begging.

Australian Hotels Association awards

Radford college art show

MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.38): Firstly I would like to add an award winner to my speech from last night on the Australian Hotels Association ACT branch 2011 awards. I failed to mention that the Foreshore music festival won the best tourism initiative, and I congratulate the organisers, Laurence Kain and Ryan Phillips, on the entertainment and great work they do in that event, an event which I have spoken about in this place before.

Tonight I would like to put on the record my congratulations to Radford college and the celebration of their art show, the 27th annual art show, which was held on Friday, 3 June through Sunday, 5 June, the opening being on that Friday night. As I have said in this place before, I am a former Radford student, and tonight I wear my Radford tie in recognition of the good place that it is.

The art show is a feature in the Radford calendar and is very well attended by both the Radford community and those from further afield. It is a great opportunity for local and regional artists to display their work. That work includes woodwork, sculpture, jewellery, photography, ceramics, glass and paintings amongst other forms of art.

At the opening, Robyn Archer AO gave a very informative and entertaining address, and we heard from a number of the other organisers.

I would like to put on the record my thanks to Mr Phillip Heath for the work he did with the art show and more generally for the work he is doing as the principal of the college. His sincere, consultative and community-oriented approach to leading the school is reaping dividends. I very much congratulate him for all the work he is doing.

I would like to thank the sponsors of the art show. They include Leonie Lucey, Henry Ergas, the National Gallery of Australia,, the Aarwun Gallery and Capital Indoor Plant Hire Pty Ltd.

Radford have always had a very strong community involvement. The art show is certainly reflective of that involvement. There are many people whose names I would

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