Page 197 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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Moreover, the work of the Cancer Support Group ACT Eden Monaro’s Own becomes even more important when we are faced with the fact that one in three males and one in four females living in the ACT will develop cancer by the age of 75. This means that, as our community continues to grow, this horrible disease will only become more of an issue. It is with some comfort that I know that the cancer support group will be there helping those in our community so that they will not have to face that challenge alone.

Furthermore, the work of the cancer support group extends beyond organising the convoy for cancer charity event. The group also builds upon services offered by the Health Directorate by providing not only emotional support but also relief from financial burdens for those living with cancer and their families within the community. This support comes in the form of financial compensation for medical expenses such as chemotherapy and also food and petrol vouchers to help ease the household financial burden.

In closing, I sincerely thank not only the Cancer Support Group ACT Eden Monaro’s Own for the amazing support and the work they do for those living with cancer in our community but also all of their sponsors and those involved in the convoy for cancer for the amazing support and generosity displayed by the community. Sponsors to note include the Elvin Group, Holcim concrete in Fyshwick, TJS transport and Icon Water. I also make special mention of Marty Haynes who organises the truck convoy all the way from Wollongong. I look forward to taking part in an even bigger and better convoy for cancer next year.

Ms Kate Carnell

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (5.31): This week in the Assembly I commend the recent appointment of Kate Carnell as the new Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. Small and medium business Australia wide will benefit from the many years of experience and expertise that Kate brings with her to the role. Kate’s long-running background in business is both varied and notable. Growing up, her father operated a small building company and presently both her brother and son own small businesses. Having owned and managed her own business for many years before becoming Chief Minister of the ACT, Kate was well positioned to understand the challenges and opportunities facing small business in Australia. After her time as Chief Minister, Kate headed the Australian Food & Grocery Council, beyondblue and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Small and medium businesses are essential to the wellbeing of Australia’s economy and labour force. Of the 10.6 million people employed in the private and non-financial sectors, 42 per cent are employed by small businesses and 24 per cent by medium businesses. Kate and her team will act as a single point of contact between government and business, advocating for reduced regulation and red tape, thereby promoting growth, opportunity and wealth creation for businesses in Australia.

Kate being a strong, professional role model experienced in the mental health sector, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, I am grateful to have an opportunity today to

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