Page 3453 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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MR SPEAKER: The question now is that Ms Gallagher’s amendment to Ms Hunter’s motion be agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR SPEAKER: The question now is that Ms Hunter’s motion, as amended, be agreed to.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (7.22): I thank those people who have contributed to the debate this evening. It is a very important issue. It is very unfortunate that we have had to shorten that debate. I understand there was an agreement around what would be debated this afternoon between the whips. Unfortunately, that broke down. I think it is most unfortunate that these things do happen. But it is an important issue. I say thank you for the contributions and I welcome support from members.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion by (Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Alan Tongue

MR COE (Ginninderra) (7.22): This evening, in the light of the announcement today of his retirement, I would like to speak a little of the contribution made by Alan Tongue to the Canberra Raiders football club. “Tonguey”, as he is affectionately known by many Canberrans, will finish his 13-year career as a one-team man at the end of this season, five of those years having been spent as captain of the side.

Alan is well known in this town and amongst his NRL peers for being a strong role model for other players and for his commitment to his family. He reiterated this in his media statement today, confirming that his family has always been his number one priority and the support base for his successful football career. In fact, I believe that tonight he is speaking at a community forum about families and sport.

I note that the Canberra Raiders website today has a tribute page to Alan, with hundreds of supporters wishing him well. Alan Tongue uses his local celebrity well and for good causes, and has attended countless events, fundraising for many different organisations here in the capital. He and his family have made countless gestures of goodwill to many charities and individuals that many in Canberra simply would not know about.

I would like to put on the record my thanks for the contribution Alan has made to the Canberra Raiders and to Canberra in general. I wish him well and all the best for his life post football at the end of the season.

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