Page 423 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 12 February 2013

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was the most successful yet. It is a showcase about promoting awareness and early adoption of electric vehicles in the ACT and region and it featured all of the production electric cars now available on the local market. It certainly made me realise how many options there are out there in terms of electric vehicles.

Even with the unfortunate withdrawal of Better Place from the Australian market in the last few days, I think there is a very positive future in this country and a real enthusiasm for electric vehicles. I was pleased to be able to take along the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which is part of the TAMS Directorate fleet, and put that on exhibition for the day. But the orange Tesla there was probably the one that caught most people’s eyes.

The festival was arranged by the Canberra International Electric Vehicle Festival Inc, a joint initiative of Canberra EV and the ACT Electric Vehicle Council. I congratulate them for an excellent community event.

Church service

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.19): I want to take some time today to thank those who participated for their participation and attendance at the service of prayer and worship to mark the opening of the 2013 parliamentary year of the ACT Legislative Assembly. It was a fantastically successful event, members from Canberra’s community coming together from different faiths and spiritual traditions to pray for the activities and the people in this place. In doing so, the community filled St Paul’s church in Manuka.

There are quite a few people I would like to thank. Chief amongst them is of course the Right Reverend Stuart Robinson, Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn. His support and his enthusiasm for this service really made me believe that it was possible, and I hope, along with many other people, that such services will continue in the future. Bishop Robinson gave me, as Speaker, and my staff full disposal of his resources. And without the passionate assistance of his associate priest, the Reverend Susan Bridge of St Paul’s parish, this service simply would not have happened. The rector of St Paul’s Anglican Church in Manuka put the church at our disposal, and I thank the Reverend Dr Brian Douglas for his generosity.

I would also like to thank the organist, Mr Christopher Erskine, who performed incredibly, as anyone that attended could attest to, on the new organ. He gave the trumpets royal a bit of a going over.

The occasion was enhanced significantly by a wonderful performance by the Radford College Camerata Choir, ably led by the Radford College music director, Mrs Leanne McKean, and their organist, Mrs Bronwyn Brown. For the help of the Radford choir I would like to thank the Radford College principal, Mr Phillip Heath, and the Head of Senior School, Mr Allan Shaw. Radford College also provided students to act as acolytes and side people.

The service dwelled largely on the participation of leaders from Canberra’s faith communities. To the following Christian leaders I offer thanks for their participation:

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