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a bit early to entice Mr Smyth up there. He needs a whisky, I am told. But there will be a dinner at a more reasonable time. So we have to put a dinner and drinks on for you before you get up there—
MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister!
MS GALLAGHER: It was a fantastic event and I look forward to more centenary events over the year.
MADAM SPEAKER: I think it borders on the unseemly, Chief Minister, to make reflections on people’s character about whether they will turn up for a drink or not. A supplementary question, Ms Porter.
MS PORTER: Chief Minister, can you detail, for the information of members, the centenary events for the upcoming months.
MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister, in two minutes.
MS GALLAGHER: Exactly, Madam Speaker; you have really hit the nail on the head there. I cannot do the centenary program justice in just two minutes. But I think it is important to put on the record in the Hansard, for posterity’s sake, that we will have—listing the very significant work that has gone into the centenary celebrations and really how well it is going with only six weeks gone so far.
There are a number of events coming up. Obviously the big weekend is 9 to 12 March, when a number of very significant events will be held, including the Capithetical. There will be the fireworks; there will be the celebrations down around Commonwealth park and the lake. But also there will be a whole range of other exhibitions that have been going on and will continue through the centenary year.
We will have, obviously, a big celebration for those that are born on 12 March this year. They will have a centenary medallion, along with all of the people who have turned 100. I have given out 26 of those medallions so far; I believe there are another 18 which I am hand-delivering to those who were unable to make it to the public ceremony.
For members, it is important that, as community leaders, we attend some of the centenary events, that we are there supporting the work that the centenary team and really everyone across the community who has got involved with the centenary to promote Canberra has done—for all of us not only as a community but across Australia as well. There is plenty to do; it is all contained in the books which I am sure that members will also have. My plea to all of you is to attend as many events as you can to show your support for the centenary of Canberra in this most significant year.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.