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April Mobile Office
No Mobile Offices will be held in April as I will be travelling interstate and overseas on Government business
“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 March 2015 - Celebrating a Decade of ACT Restorative Justice
Last month Mary attended a ceremony held at the ACT Legislative Assembly to commemorate the major milestone of celebrating a decade of operation for the ACT’s Restorative Justice Unit.
In Canberra, Restorative Justice has been very successful in meeting the needs of people affected by crime well as assisting offenders understand the harm that their behaviour causes.
At the ceremony, certificates were given to recognise the many efforts of those involved in this wonderful initiative, including ANU Professor John Braithwaite, Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker and Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey to name a few.
“Restorative Justice is the most effective way to ensure recurring offenders understand the impact of their crimes on friends, family, those offended against and society as a whole. This is the key to find ways to help them turn their lives around and not re-offend, Mary said.
“I am immensely proud of how much our ACT Restorative Justice Unit has achieved and how successful it has been with dealing with victims of crime, young offenders and their supporters, and I look forward to the introduction of the second stage which will include adult offenders.” Mary Concluded.
From the Porter Report March 2015 - It’s CAT time again!
Last month, both as a patron and as an awards presenter, Mary attended the highly prestigious Canberra Theatre Awards (CAT) at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.
The Awards night also celebrated 20 years of continuous service to the performing arts in Canberra and the region of Southern New South Wales.
Mary had the great honour of presenting Olivia Fisher and James Court with the 2015 Mary Porter Professional Development Scholarship, this is the third year of the scholarship with Pete Ricardo and Thomas Walsh awarded in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
“Since I became involved in the CAT Awards more than a decade ago, I have always been inspired to see the many young people who got their start in professional theatre by winning a CAT award, Mary said.
“CAT award winners often say how important it was to give them confidence to pursue career in the professional theatre.” Mary said.
From the Porter Report March 2015 - An Afternoon at the Proms
Last month Mary attended the Canberra Symphony Orchestra Shell Prom 2015, themed the Touch of Tartan, held in the glorious gardens of Government House.
Performances on the day included many well loved British classical favourite works, a stunning performance by 18 year old maestro Anna Da Silva Chen (pictured) as well as a piece for the bagpipes.
The arrival of storm clouds and persistent showers didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd, which showed its warm appreciation of our Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
“It was an absolute pleasure to share this wonderful and wet day with other music lovers in the beautiful gardens of Government House, Mary said.
“I encourage you all to go to www.cso.org.au and see when you can attend the
From the Porter Report March 2015 - The Year of the Ram
Every year, when Mary is able, she joins the Honk Kong Economic and Trade Office in celebrating the Chinese New Year at a reception, this year held at the National Gallery of Australia.
The reception gave everyone the opportunity to recognise the close relationships between Australia and Hong Kong, particularly in relation to trade, economic
Those that attended were treated to the appearance of the traditional Chinese lion and Chinese clowns.
“It is important to celebrate cultural traditions with our international neighbours to strengthen our friendly and professional relationship, Mary said.
“It was great to join with many from the Chinese community, business and government representatives to celebrate the day,” Mary said.