Page 3700 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 23 August 2011

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sector in a constructive manner, such that we can ensure we get the best possible outcome with the reforms and regulations that we in this place are responsible for.

I would like to commend the board of directors. Jack Rice is the president. The senior vice president is John Lewis. The vice presidents are Bob Lloyd and Kim Marshall. The directors are Christopher Behrens, David Grimmond, Mary Laughlin, Adrian O’Loughlin, Simon Plummer and Paul Rollings. I would also like to commend the management team at the club, and that includes the chief executive officer, Greg Mitchell, the general manager, Carol Sawyer and the finance manager, Andrew Cullen. The vending manager for Woden is Matthew Walshe, for Tuggeranong Gus Sorrentino, for the yacht club Scott Martin and for Jamison, Kaleen and Turner Lance Prior.

The club moved into my electorate for the first time, I believe, in Ginninderra by taking over the Wests Rugby Club and, in doing that, they took over management of Jamison, Kaleen and Turner. I thank them and congratulate them for the role they are playing in the ACT community. I thank them for the grants program that they administer and for the $190,000-odd which they distributed on Sunday. A number of us were in attendance when that occurred.

Again, I congratulate the Canberra Southern Cross Club for the contribution they make to the ACT and look forward to working with them on the much-needed reforms that need to happen in that space.

Private Matthew Lambert

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (5.19): I rise tonight to talk about the tragic death of Private Mathew Lambert, who is the 29th soldier to have been killed in Afghanistan and the eighth this year. Private Lambert was killed yesterday. He was conducting a night patrol as part of the mentoring task force in Afghanistan. Private Lambert came from 2RAR, which is an infantry battalion. Their home is in Townsville. I think you can imagine the sort of activity that would have occurred last night when Private Lambert was mortally wounded by a roadside bomb—the fight for his life that his mates would have put him through, as they would have tried to help keep him alive. They did manage to get him back to a medical facility but tragically he died shortly afterwards.

Private Lambert was highly regarded by his mates. The commendations that are coming forth from those that served with him are that he was an exemplary soldier and a great friend to many of the fellow soldiers that he had in the battalion. Tragically, Private Lambert was married and leaves behind not only his wife but also his family, which includes his parents. So on behalf of the Assembly, I would like to basically just express our sorrow and our respect for another fine Australian soldier who has paid the ultimate sacrifice—a young man, 26 years old, Private Matthew Lambert, killed in action in Afghanistan. Rest in peace.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.22 pm.

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