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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 9 May 2018) . . Page.. 1733 ..

the full support of the ACT government when this is released. I likewise look forward to being updated on what training measures are in place to make sure that the staff at Bimberi have been well trained in how to work with and support kids with FASD in detention.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Christopher Latham—tribute

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.52): I want to take some time today to pay tribute to Christopher Latham for his latest work, The Diggers’ Requiem. When I was on holidays in France recently—the principal reason for going to France was for the Anzac Day celebrations at Villers-Bretonneux—I received an invitation from Canberra’s own Christopher Latham to attend on 23 April, in the Cirque Jules Verne in Amiens, the world premiere of his The Diggers’ Requiem. As members would know, Christopher Latham is well known in music circles here in Canberra and has become the Australian War Memorial’s first ever musician artist in residence. Part of his remit was to put together a piece of music or a concert of music, which became known as The Diggers’ Requiem, which celebrates or commemorates the centenary of the Western Front in the First World War and the conclusion of that war.

The stunning performance provided, under Christopher’s direction, by L’Orchestre de Picardie and Jenaer Philharmonie and Le Choeur Regional Hauts-de-France was stunning, and there were a number of Australian soloists who were funded by, amongst other organisations, the Australia Council: Paul Goodchild, the principal trumpeter from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; the accordionist David Novak; Jordan Aikin, bagpiper from Newcastle; Canberra’s own Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks; and not quite Canberra’s own Simone Riksman, although she has performed on a number of occasions at the Canberra International Music Festival and has won the critics’ circle award for one of those performances.

On the night, to a packed hall—I do not know the occupancy of the large circular hall—there was a large orchestra and a large choir, and they performed, in addition to music from Handel, music by Australian composers Elena Kats-Chernin, Frederic Septimus Kelly, Nigel Westlake, Richard Mills and Graeme Koehne. This was an extraordinary performance which Canberra residents will have an opportunity to experience in October this year. I cannot quite remember the date.

I want to put on record my appreciation of the work done by Chris Latham and the fact that this has been funded through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Australian War Memorial on the centenary of the First World War. I also put on

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