Page 5756 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 6 December 2011

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Australian National University—Medical School ball

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (5.21): I rise tonight to talk about the ANU Medical School graduation ball which I attended recently with my wife, Fleur, at Parliament House. Obviously it is a ball that celebrates the graduation of the 2011 Medical School graduates from the ANU. And it is one of the highlights in the calendar for Fleur and me. It is a tremendously enjoyable evening.

The entertainment that is put on by the Medical School students is second to none. We had a Medical School graduating student, an ex-opera singer, sing. We had Bollywood dancing from the students. The video that they put together was sensational. We had one of the graduating students, a concert pianist, perform. There is no question that they are a very talented group of individuals, and it gives me great encouragement that such a wonderful group of people are soon to be working in our ACT health system. I certainly hope that most of them do actually choose to work here in the ACT and stay in the ACT.

I would like to pay my tribute not only to the students but also to all of the staff. The relationship between the staff and the students is also a very close one and many staff go beyond the call of their duty to work extra hours to provide the education, the experience and the knowledge to those young graduating doctors.

A number of prizes were awarded on the night and I would like to congratulate those people that won the awards. The ANU Medical School student society prize was won by Tim Lovell; the Louis Szabo silver probe prize, by Thomas Gleeson; the ACT Medicare local excellence in general practice award, by Matthew Rosenberg and Ross Penglase; the Indigenous health prize, by Kiran Atmuri; the rural general practice prize, by Yin Lee and Kamaljit Ghatora; the rural health prize, by Rushanti Perieira; the leadership prize, by James McCracken; the clinical neuroscience prize, by Ross Penglase again; the psychiatry prize, by Raphael Wong; the Mary Potter award for excellence, by Deborah Moran; the Gareth Long prize for orthopaedic surgery, by Ross Penglase; the Guan Chong prize in surgery, by Ross Penglase. The Graham Wilkinson prize, presented by his widow, Muriel, was won by Daniel Heard. The ANU Medical School, Cancer Council, ACT Pathology prize for year 4 is yet to be determined. It will be announced later in the year. To all of those graduating doctors, congratulations, and my thanks to Professor Nicholas Glasgow, the Dean of the Medical School, not only for his warm welcome on the evening but for the tremendous work that he does at the ANU.

Ministerial responsibilities

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Corrections) (5.24): One of the pleasures in my first two weeks as a minister in the ACT government has been the opportunity to meet with many committed individuals and groups—children, teenagers, men and women—and businesses, as well as the organisations that represent them, and the public servants who work hard to deliver services to the Canberra community.

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