Page 905 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 27 February 2013

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I would also like to add my congratulations to those of Mr Coe yesterday to all those who were nominated and won awards in the CAT awards. Big congratulations to Mr Romko Hordynsky, the winner of the gold CAT. I was pleased, as Mr Coe noted, to announce the first person to be awarded my personal perpetual professional development scholarship. It went to Mr Peter Riccardo and I wish him all the best in furthering his career.

The CAT awards recognise talent of all kinds in bringing amateur theatre to us in the ACT and the wider region—acting, directing, producing, set design and lighting et cetera, school theatre and adult theatre, drama, comedy and musicals, from the coast to the New South Wales-Victorian border, to Orange, to Griffith and Wagga Wagga, as well as our fine Canberra Theatre. It is a great way for people to develop the skills that they have. We have seen many CAT winners go on to great acclaim in professional theatre.

Also, I would like to mention a DonateLife event that I attended for the Chief Minister on Monday when I presented Vanessa Little, Director of ACT Libraries, with the Book of Life which showcases many inspirational stories about organ donation recipient and donor families.

As the Chief Minister was saying, it is important to talk about organ and tissue donation and to share your donation decision with the people closest to you. I strongly encourage everybody to take some time to share their wish with their family and close friends.

The generosity of organ donors means that lives can be saved. I know this is a very difficult subject but it is important that, if you wish to be a donor and potentially save lives, your family and loved ones need to be aware of your intentions. I am sorry to say that due to an infected foot at the moment, I could not make the walk this morning as I had planned to do. I am glad so many members were able to make it, though.

Catholic Schools Week

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (6.57): As the Assembly will not sit again until 19 March, I wanted to take this opportunity to note that this year Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated—

Ms Burch: Tomorrow.

MADAM SPEAKER: It meets tomorrow, Mr Doszpot. It is all right; go on, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Ms Burch. That is excellent. I just came in a day early. As the Assembly will not sit again until 19 March, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about Catholic Schools Week. I realise we have a sitting tomorrow, Ms Burch, and I know you find this extremely funny, but there are other things we will be talking about tomorrow.

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