Page 970 - Week 03 - Thursday, 19 March 2015

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Recommendation 5 states that, if that report is not available, “the Attorney-General should make a statement to the ACT Legislative Assembly providing an explanation for the delay”. One wonders why the government get these reports and then refuse to release them. One can only question whether they are attempting to hide something. I think it is important that as much information that can be put in the public realm is put, and it is quite clear the committee has agreed with that.

As I said, there are eight recommendations in the report. Again, thanks to the members for their assistance in the hearings and all those that attended and gave evidence. I thank the secretary, Dr Cullen, for her assistance in getting us to the stage where we can table this report today.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Clean Up Australia Day

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.29): In 1989 an “average Australian bloke” had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard—clean up Sydney Harbour. As a yachtsman, he had been appalled to see the rubbish covering the world’s oceans. After more than 40,000 people turned out to help him, the following year Ian Kiernan and his committee launched Clean Up Australia Day, to which 300,000 people turned up. Clean Up Australia Day has now become the nation’s largest community-based environmental event. Over the week of clean-up day action this year—24 February to 1 March—an estimated 526,268 volunteers cleaned up 13,563 tonnes at 6,151 sites across Australia.

On the morning of Clean Up Australia Day—1 March—I took part in the clean-up of Lake Tuggeranong organised by the Tuggeranong Lake carers and the Tuggeranong Community Council. In the afternoon my colleague Brendan Smyth MLA and I took a team of volunteers to Fadden Pond to clean up the pond and surrounding park. In addition to collecting a dozen or so bags of rubbish and recyclables from this small pond and park, volunteers removed weeds from garden beds and pathways and returned this well-loved area to an attractive and weed-free state. Thank you to those who came along to help, including Katrina James; Henrik Emlers; Cezanne Whitworth; Catherine, Jasmine and Annabelle Adcock; Gabi Cowley; Heather Allsopp and other locals, as well as some of my staff members and family.

Canberra Malayalees Association

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.31): I rise tonight to talk about the Canberra Malayalees Association, a social group for Malayalee and Keralite Canberrans. The term “Malayalee” refers to people who live in or hail from the Indian state of Kerala and

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