Page 3562 - Week 08 - Thursday, 18 August 2011

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Malkara is a very special school. It is a very special place. The railway and scale model exhibition does a lot to support the efforts of the school. I want to read one or two paragraphs from Jennie Lindsay, the principal:

Malkara is a very special place for children with disabilities and their families. There are currently 99 children attending our school, and here their special needs for education and life in general, are understood and accepted. But we go further than that. Our staff are committed to teaching concepts and skills that will enable each and every student to get the most out of life now and in the future.

She goes on to say:

Thank you for your attendance today! By coming to see the wonderful work of the exhibitors, you are helping our school to fulfil our goal …

Not only that; it is just a great day out if you are a dad or a mum with a young son, or even a young daughter. Just going to see the trains, the model boats, the model cars and all the other good things is just fantastic. I actually met Mr Hanson and his wife and young boys there. My wife, Robyn, and I and little Dave went. It is a fantastic weekend. The skill and the dedication of those that put these displays together are extraordinary. The building of the model boats, armoured fighting vehicles—all sorts of things—are on display. It also garners a lot of support.

I would like to thank—and I urge all Canberrans to support—the people that support Malkara. The major supporters and sponsors were Capital Chemist, the Lions Canberra-Woden Branch, Griffith Butchery, IGA Hughes, Fisher Discount Workshop Machinery and the Airbrush Warehouse. They ask that we pass on special thanks to Bruno’s Truffles, the Body Shop, Woden, the Hellenic Club, Woden, St Mary MacKillop college, Victorian Dollhouses, Lennock Motors, Mitre 10, Erindale college, Trinity Christian school and Kerroby Models. It is nice that the minister for emergency services is here because every year you go the SES guys are there, directing traffic, organising the parking and helping out. Malkara, in their brochure, also say:

Thanks also to: St John Ambulance, State Emergency Services, National Service & Combined Forces Assn Australia (Canberra Districts Branch), Lodge Capital No 612.

It is a great day out. Yet again, it was a great day there. It rained a bit on Saturday, but Sunday was clear. Everyone that I saw there had a bit smile on their face. I think, at the end of the day, the big smiles will be on the faces of the students of Malkara. They deserve all the joy that we can help give them.

Llewellyn Choir

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.01): I rise this afternoon to put on the record my thanks and congratulations to the Llewellyn Choir and the continuing contribution they make to Canberra. Since 1980 they have been one of Canberra’s leading amateur choral groups. I have had the privilege of going to a number of their concerts over the years, including one on Sunday, which was their winter warming concert, which was held in

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