Page 3734 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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They are supported by the ACT government. They make a real difference in the lives of those who are either on the edge of homelessness or reintegrating into society after a disruptive life event. Mark and his staff genuinely save lives and they do it often. I am in awe of what they achieve from their little shipping container office at Kanangra Court, and it is my absolute pleasure to support them in whatever way I can, including the Reclink Community Cup.

The Reclink Community Cup pits musos, known as the Lime Stones, against the media, known as the Noise. For the second year I have been lucky enough to pull the boots on for the Noise, and this year I was joined by my erstwhile colleague the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Coe, who really can play. Seriously, he can.

I also managed to embarrass Ned and Josh, the breakfast hosts from Hit 104.7, into playing on Sunday, and they played a major role. I thank them. Thanks also to Geoff Buchanan and Chris Endrey for pulling things together for the Lime Stones. Thanks also to Sally Whyte and Eddie Williams for running the show for the Noise and to Tim Daly for all of his work in the background.

We must praise Emma Groves from WIN Television who was best on ground for the Noise during the game. She was a revelation, as was Finbar O’Mallon from the Canberra Times; ABC cameraman Matt Roberts—all six foot six of him; Andrew Brown from the Canberra Times; Fleta Page from the Sydney Morning Herald; also Brent Ford from 2CC, who kicked a couple of sausage rolls; Tom Iggulden from the ABC; the courageous Eliza Edwards; John Healy from Grandstand; Eryk Bagshaw; Steven Trumble; Sean Lawson; Cody Atkinson; Eliza Berlage; and others.

I must also congratulate the musos who won the game on the day—narrowly; we were robbed—but also the musos who did not actually play football on the day but who performed music on the day. At this stage I do not have the final fundraising figure for Sunday, but whatever it is, it is not enough, and I am sure we can outdo it next year. So bring on Reclink Community Cup 2019.

While I am on my feet, I know you have a soft spot for the greyhounds, Madam Deputy Speaker, so I must mention that the greyhound who drew his name from the words of the Minister of Regulatory Services—I am talking about the great Community Values—continues to go from strength to strength. He returned to racing from a short spell and blitzed them over the 530 metres at Richmond last week.

Community Values has had 22 career starts now for eight wins and seven placings. He has only missed a place on seven occasions, and he loves to run really, really fast. Whether he runs fast or not, he earns a soft serve at the end of each race and loves it. He has earned his connections nearly $12,000, so if there are any members who were worried about syndicate members not recouping their original investment, please worry no longer; Nugget has won more than twice his purchase price.

Tomorrow night, Community Values will have his first outing at the mecca of greyhound racing in New South Wales. Yes, he will be going around at Wentworth Park tomorrow night for the first time. He has drawn box 5 in the ninth race. I know members opposite are partial to a punt, and he is $7 in early markets.

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