Page 3370 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 21 August 2018

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education they have much better outcomes all the way down the track when they finish high school.

That is why I am so incredibly proud that our Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister Berry, has announced that our government will commit to the goal of providing universal access to 15 hours free preschool for three year-old children. I congratulate Minister Berry on this announcement, which will form part of the government’s early childhood strategy. It really shows that the minister understands that early learning matters and that our government understands the power of the early years in amplifying children’s outcomes. I know that the early childhood education and care sector have welcomed and celebrated this nation-leading announcement and I know that they are looking forward to working with the government on the implementation.

The ACT government’s goal of increasing access to quality early childhood education is another example of our government’s progressive measures to build our future prosperity and will complement the future of education strategy, which was also announced by the minister last week.

Lisa Bush—tribute

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.49): I rise to speak about a member of our community who, sadly, passed away recently. Lisa Bush passed away on Wednesday, 15 August at Clare Holland House after a nine-year battle with cancer.

Lisa was well known among the local AFL community. For example, she was a longstanding, long-term volunteer with the Queanbeyan Tigers Australian Rules Football Club. While Queanbeyan technically is not within the ACT, the Queanbeyan Tigers Football Club play as part of the AFL Canberra league, and many AFL members in the ACT will have known Lisa and benefited from the volunteer work that she has done over many years.

The Queanbeyan Tigers have written a tribute to Lisa on their website. I will read from that now.

Not many people would have known the battle she endured with this insidious disease such was her strength and resolve to combat each problem during this time. Lisa was a true warrior, an inspiration to many with a never give in attitude which was clear throughout her life.

Tributes have been received from far and wide though the various mediums. They all reflect her wonderful sense of humor, enormous smile and appreciation for life—a legacy that will be forever remembered by the Tigers Family—a family that she loved and adored, supported and followed with enormous passion and giving—particularly in sponsorships, on committees and working with each of the respective teams and coaches.

“Bushie” will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure to be in her company during her 13-year involvement with the Tigers Organisation. Unfortunately, illness meant her voluntary efforts were scaled down this year

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