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an important event. I commend Mrs Dunne once again and hope that such a service, with even greater representation from other, and hopefully all, faiths would be an entirely appropriate opening to the Assembly year in the future.
Madam Speaker, I would also like to congratulate the Majura Women’s Group on their excellent display in the first floor reception area of the Legislative Assembly building. The Majura Women’s Group is a self-run volunteer organisation providing opportunities for women in Canberra at home with young children to meet and participate in stimulating and creative activities. Meetings are held each week during the school term at the Downer community hall, Frencham Place, Downer.
The photographic display was their community arts project for 2012 and depicts 100 years of Canberra fashion, a most suitable theme for this year’s celebrations. The exhibition showcased fashions in Canberra over the last 100 years and features photographs depicting each decade from the 1910s through to the current day.
The best thing about this exhibition was that the group created the project from the ground up. They studied hair and make-up techniques of the various eras. Members collected vintage outfits and objects from across the decades. They learned some photography tricks and the photo shoots using members of the group as models looked to have been very enjoyable events.
The Majura Women’s Group committee for 2012-13 is: president, Victoria Sutherland; vice-president, Jen Brown; secretary, Karen Hubbard; treasurer, Irene Whiting; website manager, Thea Young; program coordinator, Natalia Gomez; project coordinator, Bron Palaskas; and news editor, Ayesha Fahd. It is an excellent display and a credit to all people involved.
Debt of Honour
MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (5.14): I would like to acknowledge a couple of recent community events that have taken place. Mr Wall has already spoken about it today, but I want to speak about Menslink being the charity of the official PM’s XI cricket match recently. I appreciate that the Prime Minister’s partner, Tim Matheson, chose Menslink as the official charity; and whilst he was in a bit of a controversial position on the day, it was an excellent choice to promote Menslink.
Menslink provides free counselling and volunteer mentoring to young men aged 15 to 25 to give them the necessary support and life skills to get through troubled times. Over the past 10 years Menslink has helped over 1,000 young men across the region to avoid isolation, depression, crime, drugs and suicide.
Menslink has a very good approach. They take a strengths-based approach which means that, rather than focus on what is wrong, they work with young men to identify their positive resources and abilities. Their programs and services support young men in making positive personal life choices, building self-confidence and building stronger, engaging and meaningful relationships.