Page 2153 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 8 May 2012

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Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Dick Stalker

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.28): It gives me great pleasure, particularly as Dick Stalker walks away, to say a couple of words about him. Dick Stalker has been the subject of a bit of attention this week, and we know how much he loves that. He did receive an award for his service to the Assembly.

Dick, for those who do not know, is one of our hardworking attendants. He is much loved. He is someone who likes to give a bit of stick to all and sundry as they walk through the door, whether it is about their football team or whether it is about other matters that he thinks are particularly funny.

I do know that Dick does not particularly like attention, so I think that the other attendants would be very pleased that I have raised this. I know that the other attendants were very excited, to the extent that they put a framed copy of Dick Stalker’s award for service at the front desk. It was taken down, and I think it should be put back up. I call on the Clerk to intervene here and make sure that Dick gets due recognition, because I do not think we should allow it to just slip under the radar.

In all seriousness, Dick, along with our other attendants, does a great job. He is one of the people who adds colour to the Assembly. Dick and his colleague attendants make the Assembly a much happier place to work. We appreciate that. We appreciate sharing a joke with them. We appreciate lamenting our football team’s performance, as has been the case with me most of this year, although it was great to see the Brumbies have such a fantastic win on the weekend, and I congratulate them on that.

Congratulations to Dick Stalker, and may he get much attention for his wonderful award.

Austria in the Albert

Arthritis ACT

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (4.31): I rise this evening to talk about a fantastic event that I attended on Sunday, which was Austria in the Albert, a fundraising concert put on by Arthritis ACT, which incorporates Osteoporosis ACT. It was a delightful afternoon that was attended by about 300 people. We were treated to the Austrian Choir Canberra singing an array of pieces, ably led by Dr Gunter Brandstetter, with soloists Rachael Duncan, Evelyn Graham, Geoff Roberts and Rebecca Collins, in concert with the Forrest National Chamber Orchestra, which was conducted by Gillian Bailey-Graham.

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