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sang beautifully, and the great work done by the master of ceremonies for the event, David Kilby.

The choir conduct many events across our community. You will see them at every Brumbies home match; you will see them at other sporting fixtures and community events. I often see them at war memorial ceremonies where they sing beautifully and always add dignity to a solemn occasion.

To the members of the rugby choir—John Armitage, James Banks, Frank Bergersen, Grahame Blacklock, Max Brennan, Keith Brent, Bill Brophy, Jim Castrission, Jim Cleaver, Peter Cole, Wal Cooper, James Cox, Tony Craven, Alastair Crombie, Ian Culloden, Darryl Cupitt, Dan Dawes, David Dickson, George Dobbin, Rick Dresser, John Eyers, Paul Ferrari, Tom Fitzgerald, Neil Fleming—the president—Geoff Ford, Glenn Ford, Phil Gallagher, Nev Gare, Alex Garnock, Colin Gray, Des Grayson, Paul Green, John Hall, Alan Holland, Geoff Howard, Brian Hurrell, Ian Johnson, Keith Jones, Keith Jones again, Paul James Laffan, Walter Lee, Robert Macaulay, Rod MacKay, Ian Mackay, Fred McArdle, Ian McDiarmid, Ken McInnis, Peter McKay, Tim Mulcahy, Phil Muttukumaru, Ton Nahon, Peter Naylor, Bob Newman, Rob Nickalls, Bob Neild, Albert Orszaczky, Chris Oyston, Malcolm Pascoe, Ross Pettersson, John Prout, Matthew Purss, Mick Rice, Ian Robertson, Peter Scott, Marshall Silver, Dennis Smedley, Eddy Stevens, David Swan, Peter Tedder, Graeme Trompf, Carl Von Stein, Bill Wattam, John Watts, Steven Wedd, Warren Whittaker and John Williams, and not forgetting the musical director for the Australian Rugby Choir, Andrea Clifford, who did a magnificent job on the day and steers the choir so well—congratulations on a magnificent event. They looked resplendent in their new blazers, and everybody that attended enjoyed themselves immensely. Congratulations on the great work you do in the community. Well done, keep up the great work, and I look forward to seeing you at another event soon.

Parliamentary football tournament

Wakakirri Prize

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (6.05): I would like to talk about a number of activities that we have taken part in recently. One was a very enjoyable football tournament that an ACT Assembly team was invited to participate in. We received a letter from the CEO, Steven Persson, saying:

You may have heard of The Big Issue, Australia’s most successful social enterprise, which develops sustainable and creative solutions to homelessness and poverty. As well as the street magazine we co-ordinate a number of other programs, and in 2007 we established—The Big Issue Community Street Soccer Program, which uses the power of sport to promote social inclusion and personal change for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people.

Mr Persson told us in this letter:

We have been invited to co-host the football tournament that will be taking place as part of the Canberra Parliamentary Sports Festival on Monday 10 October 2011.

This is what we attended, and this was the precursor to it. He mentioned:

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