Page 5613 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2011

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I invite my male colleagues particularly to show leadership in modelling respectful behaviour towards women and to take a public stand against violence against women. I also invite you to join me at the annual White Ribbon breakfast barbeque next Thursday, 25 November at 8 am, this year in Garema Place. It is moving this year and I think that will be a good move. I know Mr Hanson has been there in previous years. Civic Square has been a great spot in some senses, but perhaps it does not get the passing traffic that might raise a bit more awareness. So I think the move to Garema Place is a good one.

The real essence of the White Ribbon campaign is men speaking up on this issue. The idea of peer discussion, peer pressure, peer responsibility, is perhaps the real gem of the White Ribbon campaign. I know all of the ambassadors and those that are supporting the campaign are very enthusiastic. I really appreciate the work that they have all put into it.

Members of the Australian Federal Police and the SES are some of the most high profile supporters. The men in uniform will be out on Saturday morning in shopping centres across Canberra supporting the White Ribbon campaign. If you do see them and you do not own a white ribbon already, take the opportunity to stop and talk with our men in uniform about the campaign and make a contribution to the campaign.

Peter Cullen Trust

Megalo Print Studio open day

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.20): On 4 November I had the privilege, along with a range of other people, including Dr Bourke, to attend the Peter Cullen Trust graduation of 2011 fellows and fundraising dinner, although, with other commitments, I was not able to stay for the dinner. The graduation of the 2011 fellows in the Peter Cullen Trust was an extraordinary event. The graduates provided a hypothetical on coal seam gas. In half an hour or so of lively presentation, the participants in the room learnt more about coal seam gas than they have from a vast amount of public discourse on the matter, some of which may, in fact, be uninformed.

I want to place on the record the Canberra Liberals’ gratitude to a great Australian, Peter Cullen, who was the head of the environment advisory committee established by Gary Humphries when he was the environment minister. He was not just a great Canberran but a great Australian. The Peter Cullen Trust aims to bridge the communication network between scientists, policymakers and stakeholders in the area of water systems management and to enable scientists to work effectively with policymakers and help policymakers understand scientists’ thinking. This was Peter Cullen’s great strength, and his memory and the work of his bequest is to continue that work.

I want to pay tribute to the board of the Peter Cullen Trust—Professor John Thwaites, Robert Purves AM, Professor John Langford, Mike Logan, Dr John Williams, Dr Sarina Loo and Dr Sandra Hinson, who is the chief executive officer. Other notables at the graduation ceremony were the Hon Tony Bourke, the federal minister, who spoke very eloquently on water issues, and that great stalwart of rural and regional Australia, the Hon John Kerin, who also contributed to the evening.

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