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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 October 2017) . . Page.. 4269 ..

Ms Cody: How much are people going to have to spend?

MR PARTON: Three hundred dollars—one-off cost.

Ms Cody: Times 20.

MR PARTON: If you are interested you can just see me in the corridor, Ms Cody. I know you may be interested. Are you ready to lie down or do you want to stand up and fight? I am not going to lie down. I hope you will join this syndicate to stand up and fight.

Red Nose Canberra

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (5.00): I rise tonight to thank my colleagues in the Assembly and my friends and family outside the Assembly for all the generous support they gave to me recently in performing an extremely entertaining dance routine. My colleague Ms Lee and I had the great pleasure of being involved with seven other local celebrities/identities—I am not sure I am a celebrity—

Mr Parton: You are.

MS CODY: Thank you. We were partnered with a professional dancer to come up with a routine to raise much-needed funds for and awareness of Red Nose. For those that are not aware, there are 3,200 Australian families that annually experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child. That is 3,200 too many. Through world-class research, advocacy and education, Red Nose passionately believe they can put an end to this. By my making an absolute fool of myself but enjoying every moment of it, we helped to raise much-needed funds to go towards that research and education and to hopefully save babies’ and children’s lives in Canberra.

I would like to give a big shout out to my fabulous dance partner, Catherine. She worked with Canberra’s worst dancer, me, to teach me a wonderful 1970s disco theme inspired dance with all the costumes and props you can possibly imagine, including the disco ball that was spinning above my head. Ms Lee was amazing and took out the award that evening, and it was a well-deserved win. She had all of us up on our toes dancing along with her and her partner Shorty’s fabulous routine. I believe that my partner, Catherine, and I came a very close second, if for nothing else than that we looked amazing.

I would like to thank Red Nose Canberra for all their hard work and all the effort that they put in to put on this spectacular Canberra Takes 2 evening. I hope that I will be involved in it again in the future because it was a lot of fun, a lot of hard work, but most importantly because it raised much-needed and well-earned funds for such a fantastic and fabulous cause.

Tonight I would like to pay my respects to my dance partner, Catherine, for all her hard work and effort in teaching me a 1970s dance routine, which I even performed at home for my family, who were unable to make it that night. I thank Ms Lee for her

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