Page 241 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 28 November 2012

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Question put:

That debate be adjourned.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Mrs Jones

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Debate adjourned to the next sitting.


Motion by Mr Rattenbury proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Legislative Assembly sittings

Canberra Philatelic Society

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.37): It is very disappointing that Wednesday evening sittings seem like they are going to be cut from the sitting week, as demonstrated today. There are two items that were listed for debate today that will not be discussed because this government wants to sit for fewer weeks, have longer lunches and shorter days. We do not think it is acceptable and we will be doing everything we can to continue Wednesday evening sittings.

I rise today to put on the record my support and congratulations for the Philatelic Society of Canberra, which is celebrating its 80th birthday. The Philatelic Society of Canberra was formed in November 1932, with 18 members. The aims of the society include the cultivation, study and advancement of philately in all its branches. The society holds meetings to exchange information, read papers, deliver lectures and hold discussions about philately.

At its first meeting, the society elected the Postmaster-General, the Hon Archibald Parkhill, as its patron, and H Woodhouse as its first president. The society met regularly during the 1930s to conduct general business, view members’ displays and conduct exchanges. Many young members joined the society during this period and the society ran a junior competition to encourage young people to become involved.

The society was less active during the war but resumed activities in 1946. New initiatives at that time included the production of blank first-day covers for members, as well as Christmas cards to raise funds. Meetings became irregular in the early 1950s but resumed in 1956, and there have been regular meetings ever since. Through the 1960s the society settled in the Griffin Centre and established a club room as a

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