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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 May 2014 - Hawker’s Annual Fete
Recently Mary joined Andrew Leigh, Member for Fraser, at the Hawker Primary School’s Autumn Fete held early last month where they both assisted with the raffle draw.
The Annual Autumn Fete is run by the Parents and Citizens association, along with assistance from the school, and has helped raise funds in recent years to update computers, build a multi-purpose sports court, establish ICT equipment and contribute to learning materials both in and out of the classroom.
The Fete included a Busker’s Corner, impressive craft and clothing stalls, local chefs cooking at international food stalls and pony rides. The funds raised from this year’s Fete aims to help the school completely resurface the school oval, which has suffered significant damage due to long periods of drought.
“Everybody enjoys a good school fete and Hawker Fete was just that, I was overwhelmed by the participation of teachers, parents and children in raising funds for their local school,” Mary said.
“It is definitely an event every local family should have on their calendar” Mary said.
To visit the Hawker School Website, please visit http://www.hawkerps.act.edu.au/
From the Porter Report May 2014 - A Touch of Japan
Recently Mary hosted a morning tea for the Tohoku Youth Program, a group of young people made orphans by the tragic tsunami in 2011.
The Tohoku Youth Program, run by the Australia-Japan Society Inc in the Canberra, assists the young Japanese people made orphans by the disastrous earthquake and tsunami to enjoy a short holiday in Canberra. During their visit, the young people are home-stayed in pairs with generous families in Canberra.
The group was led by Mr Hiromitsu Mori, who studied at the ANU more than 30 years ago and who has also held the position as the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr Mori was assisted by Ms Aki Kobayash, a representative of Ashinaga Ikuei Kai, a not-for-profit organisation in Japan that assists young people affected by the tsunami.
“This is the third group of young adults from the Tohoku Youth Group I have had the honour of meeting and I am grateful that I was able to have morning tea with them during their busy schedule in Canberra,” Mary said.
“It was wonderful to see the smiles and grins on their faces when I asked them of their Canberra experiences, even though there was a language barrier,” Mary said.
The Group’s busy schedule included a visit to Radford College, Questacon and a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador. Ms Porter also successfully arranged a visit to the National Zoo and Aquarium.
For more information on the Australia-Japan Society, please visit http://ajsact.com.au/
From the Porter Report May 2014 - Riders Ride for Warmth
Recently Mary launched the Motorcycle Riders Association (MRA) Blanket Run on the steps of old Parliament house, now known as the Museum of Democracy.
It is an annual event to raise money and goods for those doing it tough over winter. For 30 years, the MRA brings together motorcyclists and the general community who donate money, new warm blankets, non-perishable foods and second hand motorcycle jackets to be distributed by The Salvation Army.
Before the ride began, Mary spoke to the large congregation of riders highlighting the dangers of driver distraction and the importance of road safety awareness as well as wishing them safely on their travels.
“If you ride a motorcycle, it is important to speak with your ‘car driving’ friends to raise awareness of road safety for all road users and that the road needs to be shared equally between all types of vehicles, including those of two wheels” Mary said.
As usual, the motorcycle riders were accompanied by the AFP on their ride. Mary thanked the organisers and the riders for their generous donations that they routinely give at this time of the year and again in December on the Toy Run.
For more information on the MRA, visit http://mraact.org.au/
From the Porter Report May 2014 - No Longer Silent
Last month Mary attended the launch of the Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) at the ACT legislative Assembly, the only national campaign aimed at raising awareness and the understanding of youth homelessness in Australia.
The launch included a display of art work, created by young people experiencing homelessness, at a series of art workshops held in March and April.
“Youth homelessness is something that can affect us all, whether as a parent who allows their child’s friend to crash on the couch for a few nights or an extended family member who finds themselves homeless,” Mary said.
“Young people escaping domestic violence or hard economic times are often those most in need,” Mary said.
“It was very moving to view the artworks by young artists who have experienced homelessness in some way or another, it is important for Canberrans to be aware of this significant issue in Australia,” she said.
For more information, please visit http://www.youthhomelessnessmatters.net/
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