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“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work”
“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work” is a newsletter produced by the Clerk of the ACT Legislative Assembly. It provides an overview of the most recent business of the Assembly in a brief but informative way. I would highly recommend the newsletter to all Canberrans interested in the business of the Assembly.
“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work” is available at http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-the-assembly/matters_of_public_impor....
Assembly @ Work” – The Legislative Assembly’s school newsletter
The Legislative Assembly’s school newsletter is an outstanding resource for educators in the ACT or for anyone wishing to learn more about the operations of the Assembly. The newsletter is produced by the Education Office of the Secretariat of the Assembly.
A copy of the newsletter is available at http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/learn-about-the-assembly/resources/scho...
Final report on my study tour to undertake research into legislation, and the regulation and administration of euthanasia in Switzerland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Belgium
From the Porter Report September 2014 - Building Our City
Recently Mary attended the Construction Industry Training Council Awards Ceremony where two young apprentices jointly accepted the Award for Outstanding Graduating Apprentice of the Year.
The award ceremony, held at Thoroughbred Park, has been running for the past 12 years and this was the first year where the award was handed to two recipients, a sheet metal worker and a carpenter.
‘It was great to see that we have such outstanding young apprentices that the judges were unable to select just one overall winner!’ Mary said
In addition to the joint winners, 41 regional graduating apprentices were awarded Individual and Industry Encouragement Awards.
‘I warmly congratulate all the apprentices that received an award and I encourage others to consider a career in the trades,’ Mary said.
‘They all work very hard to achieve their qualifications with the support of parenting and workplaces. All awards can be viewed at www.ctic.org.au.’ Mary said.
From the Porter Report September 2014 - MELALEUCA PLACE
Recently Mary attended the opening of the Trauma Recovery Centre or Melaleuca Place established in a former gardener’s cottage on the edge of Dickson College. Melaleuca Place is a unique multi-disciplined therapeutic service for children and young people, aged 0-12 years, who have suffered from abuse and neglect.
The services are delivered by a professional support team of clinicians and therapists and provide a safe and healing place for these young children subject to so much suffering.
‘This is a very important initiative by the ACT Government, a much needed service for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in our community, Mary said.
‘If you know someone who you believe is suffering from abuse or neglect, it is vital to listen and give them support. It is important to know that there is help available and I encourage those who suspect a child is experiencing such trauma to report their concern to Care and Protection Services on 1300 556 728 as soon as possible,’ Mary said.
From the Porter Report September 2014 - Celebrating 40 years of ASEAN
Last month Mary opened the Southeast Asian Art and Cultural Exhibition at the Legislative Assembly to celebrate 40 years of the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) dialogue partnership with Australia. The exhibition showcased an array of art and artefacts from all the associated countries, including small samples from each culture.
The reception was officially launched when Mary hit the gong and visitors were then able to enjoy delicious food and performances, again representing the ASEAN Nations.
‘It was a lovely change to see the Exhibition Room full of lovely artefacts that illustrate the various traditions from ASEAN Nations, Mary said.
‘It was great to experience the vast array of cultures all at the same time and it inspired one to learn more about these nations which reside on our doorstep, Mary said.
'It is important to celebrate with our friendly international neighbours the importance of regionalisation and to recognise strong political and economic relationships,’ Mary said.
From the Porter Report September 2014 - Cochlear Design Takes Award
Last month Mary attended the announcement of the winner of the Freefall Experience design ideas competition which was held at the National Arboretum’s Pin Oak Forest.
The competition, sponsored by Engineers Australia, received overwhelming interest from designers with 33 high quality submissions received across the country.
The $30,000 prize was awarded to Queensland firm Bligh Tanner for the winning design featuring a transparent flowing sculpture of stainless steel inspired by the cochlear implant.
‘The ingenuity that went into the award winning design was incredible and completely original, the sensory aspect of the device is also picked up in the way the visitor will be able to experience the installation, Mary said.
‘I was pleased to have been a part of such a wonderful competition that encompassed so many bright minds from all over Australia and I am looking forward to seeing it on site in the forest, also sponsored by Engineers Australia.’ Mary said.
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MARY PRESENTING MR DO WITH HIS AWARD IN HIS GARDEN
Generosity and community spirit are among the qualities that have earnt Vinh Do the ACT Tenant of the Month Award for September. Mr Do came to Australia from Vietnam 15 years ago and has lived with his wife in their Belconnen home for the past 12 years. Read more
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