Page 3425 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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particularly comforting noise, in that the aircraft only flew in when it was providing supplies, picking up people that were wounded or laying some cover fire to allow people to move forward.

Also in attendance at the ceremony was the former Chief of the Defence Force, Angus Houston, and Jeremy Hanson. I would just like to close with congratulating the Vietnam vets in the ACT for all their support for their colleagues.

Engineers Australia

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.40): Madam Speaker, I rise this evening to speak about the work of Engineers Australia. Engineers Australia is a national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of its members. Engineers Australia has over 100,000 members in Australia. Its members include engineers from all engineering disciplines. Engineers Australia is responsible for the accreditation of undergraduate programs in Australia. Graduates of accredited programs are eligible for membership of Engineers Australia and their qualifications are also internationally recognised.

Engineers Australia also has an important advocacy role. It is regularly involved in inquiries and government initiatives, and it strives to make the views of practising engineers known to governments and the community. Engineers Australia provides professional development opportunities to its members, including four pathways to becoming a chartered member of Engineers Australia. Continued professional development is a requirement of being a chartered member and Engineers Australia provides its members with numerous opportunities to develop their skills.

The Canberra division of Engineers Australia is actively involved with the engineering community in the ACT and surrounding areas. The division has technical presentations and workshops throughout the year for its members. It also hosts the Engineering Games, a competition for school students as well as adults. Teams can compete in many different engineering categories, including the straw tower, spaghetti bridge, robo greyhound, geodesic dome, mousetrap racer and hovercraft.

The Canberra division has many interest groups for its members including Engineering Heritage Canberra, the Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management, the Retired Engineers Group, Women in Engineering and the Canberra branch of Young Engineers Australia.

Last Thursday I was pleased to attend the 2013 Canberra Engineering Excellence Awards at the Australian War Memorial. I would like to place on the record my congratulations to all award recipients and nominees that were presented on that evening.

I would also like to place on the record my congratulations and thanks to the division’s committee. They are the president, Andrew Montgomery; the deputy president, Andrew McLarty; the vice-president, Neil Greet; the past president, Doug Mitchell; and the congress representative, Jennifer Murray. The committee members include Glenn Alcock, Jeff Bollard, Adrian Piani, Alan Thompson and Christina West. The general manager is Vesna Strika and the deputy director is Colleen Mays.

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