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same outcomes in health, life expectancy, education, employment and living standards as other Canberrans.
We must formalise and recognise that government policies and practices need to respect the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to self-determination, to the improvement of their social and economic conditions, to participate in decisions that affect them and to freely determine their development policies. As one step along this path, the Greens have also backed calls for the development of a treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the ACT. In the absence of a national one, we must proceed as a territory; we must encourage truth telling as a path to justice and healing in order to advance true reconciliation. I conclude simply by congratulating Winnunga on 30 years of service to the Canberra community and look forward to many continuing years of great service.
Canberra Repertory Society
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.52): I would like to speak tonight about Canberra Repertory, which has been entertaining Canberra audiences for 86 years. For quite a lot of that time, it has been at its home, Theatre 3, sitting comfortably between the ANU School of Music and the School of Art and Design.
Canberra Rep has announced its season for next year, its 87th, and it promises to be a very impressive year indeed. Five of the six shows on offer Canberra Rep has never done before, and the program includes a Canberra premiere. In making this speech, I acknowledge today’s online Canberra Times report by Ron Cerabona, with a little further help from elsewhere.
Kicking off 2019 is Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, directed by Aarne Neeme. Premiering in Copenhagen in 1879, this play caused quite some outrage. It was well ahead of its time, dealing with the awakening of Nora Helmer from her previously unexamined life of domestic and wifely comfort. Having been ruled her whole life by either her father or her husband, Torvald, Nora finally comes to question the foundation of everything she has believed in once her marriage is put under pressure.
Then will come a first-timer for Rep, the 1990 adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Anne Somes will direct this play, narrated by the main character, a little girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Scout and her brother, Jem, and their friend Dill are intrigued by the local rumours about a man called Boo Radley, who lives in their neighbourhood but never leaves his house. Legend has it that he once stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors, and this has made him appear a monster.
Jarrad West directs the next show, believed to be a Canberra debut. The World Goes ’Round is filled with humour, romance, drama and nonstop melody, in a thrilling celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going. Expect to hear songs like Mr. Cellophane, Maybe This Time, Cabaret and New York, New York.
Later in the year, Chris Baldock will direct The Art of Coarse Acting, based on a book by Michael Green. Green says, “A coarse actor is one who can remember his lines,