Page 360 - Week 01 - Thursday, 27 February 2014

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I reported the success of the latest young women’s forum to the latest ACT CPA meeting, and also reported that the Northern Territory representative of the CWP organised a one-day forum for young women in the territory in the alternate year. This is again something I reported at the recent CPA meeting in this place. I suggested that the ACT hold its own young women’s forum, and this idea was warmly received by members at the meeting.

The CWP Steering Committee will meet in April this year for its all-day face-to-face planning session. I will be able to report plans for the young women’s forum, and the Pacific partnership program in particular, after this meeting. Members can log onto w.comm to read about all the activities of the steering committee and its initiatives.

Mount Stromlo High School

St Edmund’s College

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (6.17): A few weeks ago on 17 February I had the pleasure of accepting an invitation from a high school teacher, Mr Lancelot Yu, teacher of humanities at Stromlo high. The invitation was to address his year 9 students doing a civics course called “People, power and politics”. Mr Yu gave me a short briefing about his civics course, which he indicated has attracted a very bright cohort of students, and the students had prepared a list of questions they would like to put to me about my work as a member of the Legislative Assembly, my shadow portfolios and my engagement with my constituents of the Molonglo electorate.

I have to say that Mr Yu’s description of his young charges was very accurate, and I compliment him and the students for their preparation for our meeting. I spent a very interesting hour with a group of young people who exhibited an enthusiastic attitude and sound knowledge of our political process. I particularly enjoyed their direct questions on a wide range of topics, which I hope I answered to their satisfaction. I very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet Mr Yu and his students and would very much enjoy hosting them for a visit to the Assembly some time over the next year.

I would also like to thank the principal, Dr Michael Kindner, for his hospitality and congratulate him for the initiative that sees Stromlo high renamed Mount Stromlo High School. I understand the change will assist in fostering the school’s relationship with the ANU and its astronomy and research centre, and I congratulate Dr Kindner, the school board, the education directorate and the minister for this initiative.

Last night I had a very pleasant evening spent with the St Edmund’s College of Canberra community at their opening mass. It was originally meant to be at Manuka Oval but because of the impending inclement weather it was transferred to St Christopher’s Cathedral, which was filled to capacity.

St Edmund’s was celebrating as well as their opening mass their 60 years of being a school in Canberra. Being founded in 1954, 2014 obviously means it is their 60th anniversary. It was a celebration of their community last night that was very well handled by their principal, Mr Peter Fullagar. An inspirational mass was conducted by the principal celebrant, Archbishop Christopher Prowse. His concelebrants were

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