Page 4756 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 31 October 2017

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sense of community spirit there was at each of those. Every one of them was different but every one was a great deal of fun.

The first fete I went to was the Kangara Waters fete, which is a retirement village in the Belconnen town centre. I happened to pick up quite a few bargains, including a wine decanter, which will obviously be greatly useful, and a classic set of Canberra playing cards, which were not even opened yet. I could not help myself and I have opened them. They look outstanding and clearly they are a collector’s item. I really want to congratulate Kangara Waters. I was only able to attend in the last hour and almost everything had been sold out. But, of course, that is the best time to attend for a bargain.

The next fete I went to was the Latham Primary School fete, which is held on the same day, Saturday, from 3 till 6 pm. There I helped run the carnival games sideshow, I suppose, where I helped children fish for a duck. If they fished a duck out of the pond with a little black spot on the bottom of it, they won a prize. We also ran the pick a stick competition. It was great to see so many parents and kids participating. I really want to give my thanks to Daniel and Matt, who helped me run it. I certainly needed help. They made it an enormous amount of fun. It was great to see so many smiling faces at that fete.

Aranda primary fete was also that afternoon from 3 till 7 pm. It was another outstanding fete. It was absolutely packed. There were so many rides. I have never seen a bigger line up for the toss the coin on to the chocolate thing. I wish I knew the name of it. That is something that I feel very fondly about from my own childhood. When I walked past I think there were about 50 people lined up. Everyone was in very good spirits.

On Sunday there was the McGregor spooky fete. Unfortunately I was not able to get along to that. But I did make it along to the Weetangera fete where I, together with Minister Berry, helped at the barbecue stall. I put together, I guess, around 50 roast pork rolls. They were made to the highest standard that I possibly could. Fortunately, someone else was cooking them. Again, there was an extraordinary vibe at that fete.

I put on the record my thanks to all of the people involved. Fetes are absolutely a volunteering exercise. It is always a delight to see the community spirit and the number of people attending the school fetes, particularly those who did not necessarily have children but were there to support the school. The mood at all of those fetes was extraordinary. That is no doubt due to the hard work of all the volunteers and particularly the people managing the organisation of the fetes. I put on the record my thanks to all of them. I love a good fete. I think we all love a good fete. It was a really lovely weekend because of it.

Battle of Beersheba 100th anniversary

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) (6.55): I rise this afternoon to recognise the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba. The Australian War

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