Page 1000 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 April 2014

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Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Autism Awareness Month

MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.43): I would like to bring to the attention of the Assembly that April is Autism Awareness Month. It provides an excellent opportunity to talk about what is now the most commonly occurring childhood disability. There is little known about the causes of autism spectrum disorder and effective treatment options are limited.

In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day and in 2008 a global network of charities and organisations joined together to recognise world autism day through a campaign called “light it up blue”. As a result of this campaign hundreds of iconic buildings, bridges and sporting venues across the world were lit up blue on the evening of 2 April.

The campaign highlights the need for greater public awareness and education about autism in our community. Here in the ACT the “go blue for Canberra” campaign saw the lighting up of Telstra Tower in blue lights, as well as the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy, or Old Parliament House as it is still commonly referred to, on 2 April.

Autism Asperger ACT have highlighted a number of activities and events that are occurring throughout this month, and details can be found at the Autism Asperger website. I encourage all members to at least be involved or acknowledge the significant issue of autism within our community.

Belconnen Arts Centre

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.44): The current Belconnen Arts Centre exhibition Unmade Edges—Distinctive Places celebrates Canberra’s rural fringes—the villages and communities that are the keepers of many of our early stories. It came about through the portrait of a nation centenary project. This national project, supported by the ACT and commonwealth governments, engaged Canberrans and Australians in the unique names and places of the national capital. Perhaps most importantly, portrait of a nation got neighbours and communities reconnecting and not only celebrating the capital’s 100th birthday but also their own special place and character within Canberra and on the unmade edges.

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