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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...
From the Porter Report May 2015 - Singing for Healing
Recently Mary attended the music event ‘Songs for Emma’ dedicated to young people who have suffered abuse throughout their lives. The event was held at the Reception Room at the Legislative Assembly and was a result of a project part of CREATE Foundation’s support of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
“It was a privilege to be there to listen to the wonderful contribution of all the young people in memory of Emma, Mary said.
“For some performers it was their first performance, there was a great sense of support and encouragement in the room and everyone enjoyed the wonderful musical experience.
“I know ‘Songs for Emma’ will go on giving young people a voice and, through that, healing, and that many more will join with them to both help expose harm and hopefully also prevent it.
“It will also serve to support those who have had or are still sadly experiencing abuse.”
From the Porter Report May 2015 - Painting from the Heart
Last month Mary previewed the Right Here Right Now: Children & Young People Seen + Heart art installation which kicked off the first day of National Youth Week 2015. The project was also launched in unison with the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child which recognises the importance of our young people.
Right Here Right Now is a stunning collection of colourful self-portraits drawn by more than 11,000 young people from more than 50 Canberra schools. Students were asked by the Children and Young People Commissioner Alasdair Roy to draw a picture of themselves and to write a message about why it is important for adults to listen to children and young people.
“Not only were the portraits moving, they really got the students’ messages across and reminded everyone why we should always listen to young people, had Mary said.
“It is important not to just value our ‘future generation’, but rather understand their importance and what they say right here, right now.”
From the Porter Report May 2015 - Standing up Against Bullying
Last month Mary attended a school assembly at Canberra High School where students were encouraged to take a stand and say no to bullying and violence. The address was held in commemoration of the 2015 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence with an estimated 16,500 Canberra students participating throughout the day.
Members of ‘Menslink’ addressed the students encouraging them to open up and ask often difficult and personal questions in front of their peers.
“It would have been extremely difficult for some students to build up the courage to talk in front of so many of their peers, and I thank ‘Menslink’ for the work they carry out in schools in helping young people address this behaviour,” Mary said.
“Bullying doesn’t only affect young people and, as we know, is present in all walks of life. It is important that everyone works together to stand up and say no to bullying whenever and wherever we are confronted by it.” Mary concluded.
From the Porter Report May 2015 - New Station for Our Protection
Last month Mary joined Joy Burch MLA, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, to turn the first sod to commence the construction of a new co-located Ambulance, Fire and Rescue station at Aranda.
The new station, which will replace two existing stations near the Belconnen Town Centre, is strategically located to better serve the needs and expectations of the community to provide a timely response to emergencies.
“I believe this station and its location will better serve the community in times of emergencies. As much as we hope to never be in such situations, it is good to know our emergency services are better equipped more than ever to ensure our safety, Mary said.
“I was also fortunate to have attended the turning of the sod for the construction of the Joint Charnwood Ambulance, Fire and Rescue station, and it has proved to be a very welcome improvement in services to that community, as will this new station in Aranda.”