Page 1762 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 May 2017

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Canberra Hospital—electrical switchboard incident


MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (6.58): On behalf of the Minister for Health and in response to the motion passed earlier today, I table the chronology of events relating to the switchboard incident at Canberra Hospital. I present the following paper:

The Canberra Hospital—Switchboard incident—Chronology of events, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly earlier this day.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mother’s Day Classic

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (6.58): I rise tonight to bring to the awareness of the Assembly the fact that this Sunday is the day of the 11th Canberra Mother’s Day Classic fun run and walk. The Mother’s Day Classic was established in Australia in 1998 and it started from the most humble of beginnings, as a walk in the park.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, Ms Cody has the floor, so can we please be quiet.

MS CODY: As I was saying, the Mother’s Day Classic is a very important event; it raises much-needed funds for breast cancer. Since 1989 it has raised over $30 million and funded more than 30 breast cancer research projects across Australia. As I said, the first event was held in Melbourne and Sydney back in 1998. It was run there for approximately six years before the other capital cities began to get involved. As Mr Parton mentioned earlier, Canberra is a very active and healthy place, and a fun city to be active in. So it is quite apt that this is the 11th year of the Mother’s Day Classic.

As I said before, it is happening this Sunday, and I would encourage everyone to be involved. I was involved in last year’s event, doing my first-ever 10k run, and it was a wonderful experience. The support that you get from people at the event and those who have raised much-needed funds for breast cancer research is something to be commended.

I would like once again to remind people who are looking for something active to do on Sunday to get involved in the Mother’s Day Classic event. You can take a leisurely 5k walk around the basin of the lake or you can go for a 10k run. You can also do a 5k run. I would also encourage people to raise money in support of the Mother’s Day Classic and provide much-needed funds for this worthwhile cause.

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