Page 3148 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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The 2015 apprentice awards were also presented, and I congratulate all the winners: commercial/domestic apprentice of the year, Cameron Kerr, with runners-up, Toby Rees and Domenic Celi; and the industrial apprentice of the year, Matthew Paul, with runners-up, Jake Margules and Andrew Turner.

I also acknowledge the sponsors, including: Clipsal, Schneider Electric, Lawrence and Hanson, Auslec, TLE, Haymans, NECA Group Training, NHP, SimPro group, Ness Super, Milwaukee Tolls, HPM, Rexel, John R Turk, Lear & Smith, Ideal Electrical, Atom Express, EcoSmart Electricians, InterRisk, NECA Legal, and Electra Cables.

Again, I congratulate all those involved with the 2015 NECA ACT excellence awards. For more information about the work of NECA, I recommend members visit their website at

Work experience—Amaris Bailey

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (6.22): It gives me great pleasure to rise this afternoon to speak about Amaris Bailey, a wonderful young woman who has been doing work experience in my office for the last five weeks. Thank you to you, Madam Speaker, for acknowledging Amaris in the chamber this afternoon. Amaris is in year 12 at Gungahlin College, and I know she is looking forward to doing office work once she leaves school next year, like many 18-year-old year 12 students thinking about what lies ahead for them next year.

One of the subjects Amaris has been studying is business administration. So it was great to be able to offer her an opportunity to spend a day a week in my office for five weeks to help us out and to give her some practical experience. Amaris has been able to familiarise herself with what it is like to work in an office environment and spend time in the library with the wonderful staff there. She sat in on some of our committee hearings and our Assembly proceedings today. I hope many of you got to say hello to her. I also acknowledge Mr Smyth, who acknowledged her in one of our recent committee public hearings.

Although Amaris was not here for the political side of things, she certainly got a sense of how the parliament runs and also some of the political side of our work. She has enjoyed her time in the office with me and my staff and has been a huge help, especially when it comes to filing, shredding and getting the stationery order right. It has been great getting to know Amaris, and I hope she has had a good time getting to know us too. She certainly had some tough questions for me when we did a question and answer session a couple of weeks ago—good enough to rival any journalist.

I was also honoured to be invited to her very special and, at her request, sparkly 18th birthday party on 5 September, where Amaris gave two very impressive speeches. She has a wonderful family, and I pay tribute to Joe and Charmine for their wonderful daughter and their ongoing contribution to the Canberra community. I was pleased that night to let them know how much Amaris enjoyed her time at the Assembly.

Amaris has been supported during her time doing work experience here by House with No Steps. I thank Sheryl and Michael, Amaris’s support workers, for their help

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