Page 4149 - Week 13 - Thursday, 31 October 2013

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I wanted to mention this event because it is a great example of where members of the community just decided to start an event because they saw a need in the community and they recognised that they could put together a great charity event to help fund that. They simply started it from the ground up, and they are building the event. In only its second year it has achieved all of those things. It is an event that will only go from strength to strength. In years to come, people requiring treatment through the Leukaemia Foundation will very much thank them for the considerable effort they are putting in. I commend them for their efforts.

Safe Work Australia Week

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.42): I would like to speak very briefly about Safe Work Australia Week, which is about the importance of safety at work. My son is a tradesman; he works at various locations around Canberra, including building sites and including at height. So, as a mother, I know firsthand the fear of hearing about an accident in the workplace.

Recently, my son told me about a workplace accident that he witnessed where he saw someone a bit away from him fall off a ladder and break his elbow. My son was one of the first people on the scene to administer first aid.

As an aside, not relating to this particular incident, until recently my son was working on the refurbishment of the Canberra Centre food court. If you have not been down there yet, you should get down and have a look, because it looks great.

But let me get back to more serious matters about workplace safety. All workplaces, including offices, have safety issues that have to be addressed. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure safety and to ameliorate and address any risks. I urge everyone to play their part in keeping all workplaces safe. And I commend to you Safe Work Australia Week, which actually runs for the entire month of October 2013.

The theme for this month was “Safety is a frame of mind. Get the picture”. It asks people to think about why they want to come home safely from work. Of course, that is what we all want for our families, for our friends, for our employees and for ourselves. I commend the work of Safe Work Australia and their efforts to raise awareness of the importance of work safety.

Tuggeranong valley—election signs

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (4.44): I take this opportunity to again talk about signs in the Tuggeranong valley. I reference an article dated 17 October in the Daily Telegraph headed “Keep Australia Beautiful wants public to dob in MPs who have left posters up”. It states:

Keep Australia Beautiful has launched a campaign asking the public to dob in election signs still hanging around their communities and creating an eyesore …

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