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four new young men and their families got in touch with Menslink. This is a great affirmation of the work put into the day by the team of dedicated people involved with the organisation.
I would like to put on the record an acknowledgement of those involved with Menslink in an official capacity, such as the board—Peter Clarke, Phil Gouldson, Jim Rice, Jenny Henderson, Simon Wallace and Clare MacKenzie—and, of course, in the office itself—CEO Martin Fisk, Finn Liddy, Garry Starling, Ben Triglone and Fiona Brammall.
Menslink is supported by a number of Canberra businesses, including: ActewAGL, Brumbies Rugby, bankmecu, Canberra Raiders, Cricket ACT, Canberra Southern Cross Club, Fire Systems Solutions, Optus, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ThinkPlace, DLA Piper, Limelight Cinemas, Ricoh, Talk Affects, Upmarket Constructions and Komunity Project.
I would also like to place on the public record my thanks to Scott MacFarlane for all his work behind the scenes organising volunteers for the day. I also acknowledge James and Katrina Milligan and the many others whose names I do not know for their ongoing support for this very worthwhile cause.
I encourage those of my Assembly colleagues who have not already had the opportunity to have a look at the great work being done by Menslink to investigate, and I commend the organisation to the Assembly.
National Multicultural Festival
MRS JONES (Molonglo) (5.04): Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 annual Multicultural Festival held here in Canberra. As the shadow minister for multicultural affairs, it was great to see how vibrant the multicultural community in this city is and continues to be. There were more than 400 stalls across the weekend and hundreds of different ethnic groups represented. I had the opportunity to speak with many stallholders, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of them for their commitment to the success of this festival.
I thank Mr Sam Wong in his official capacity and his wife, Chin Wong, for their tireless work for the multicultural community; Wayne McGinness of Aboriginal Steel Art; Aunty Agnes Shea from the Aboriginal Elders Council; Li Fuyin, Australian School of Contemporary Chinese Medicine; Chin Wong as well in her position with the ACT Chinese Australian Association and Aged Care Information Service; Dorothy Lam, ACT Chinese Australian Association and Aged Care Information Service; Andrew Yan from FCA ACT; Hai Song Wang from the Capital Health Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine, for the work he is trying to achieve for traditional medicine; Dwayne Cranfield, NEDA, dealing with people with a disability from different ethnic backgrounds; Mostafa Esmaeilpour from the Iranian information stall, who looked very hot on the day and was doing the best that he could to promote his beloved background; Shu Lan Li and Mei Li from the ACT Chinese Women’s Cultural Association, and I particularly loved the artworks that they had on display; Ane Sitauti Tongan from the Niumate Scholarship Foundation and Maryanne Ahokava Tongan, her daughter, who were raising money for the Niumate Scholarship