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Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018



Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018

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Parliamentary Record 15


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES Wednesday 31 October 2018 4835 opportunity again this year and has done a beautiful mural of a Territory woman, which is perhaps her signature piece. I will go more into what her solo exhibition was about. It would be remiss of me if I did not mention that probably the second time we met Polly, Bek stressed to me that we need to get some of her art now before she gets famous. A couple of months agoit might have been at the Starlight Ballone of her pieces of work sold for about $10 000. Bek has not forgiven me since and continues to remind me that we may have missed our opportunity. I will save up to get some of Pollys work because it is stunning. Last Friday night I was given the honour of opening Pollys solo exhibition down at the Mayfair Gallery, which was a lovely little affair. David Collins helped her set it uphe has worked closely with her over a number of years through the Street Art Festival. It was lovely to see those two pairing up. To be honest, over a hundred people would have gone through that tiny gallery that night. She had friends and family there, including her mother. She spoke about her sister who had lost a battle with cancer a few years ago and how she drew inspiration for her work from herparticularly in that exhibition, which was titled Strong. It was a number of portraits of strong women. I thank Stu Johnson, her husband, who was sneaky enoughonce I had contacted himto give me a bit of background information so I could speak about Polly at the opening. This made sure it went smoothly and that people knew I had known Polly for a while and knew bit more about her family, where she had come from and what she had been through to put herself into the position of doing something she loved on a daily basisbeing with kids and combining that with teaching art. A number of her students from Palmerston made the trek into Harriet Place in Darwin to have a look at the opening and congratulate her on the night. It was a lot of fun for me and I was honoured to open her exhibition. The joy on Pollys face was evident for everybody to see. She was quite emotional at times as I do not think she could believe that she had actually put something together that was a lifelong dream for her. To be a part of that was a very proud moment, and for it happen in one of the beautiful little corners of Port Darwin was very touching. It was lovely to see her pay homage to everybody who had helped her get to where she was. While talking about her, I was able to mention the effect her street art is having through the CBD and the number of people who are talking that up. What really struck me was that we have been blessed; David is doing a fantastic job in getting nationally and internationally renowned street artists here, particularly this year. Pollys work stands shoulder to shoulder with those artists from interstate and overseas; she stands in good stead with those people. It was fantastic to congratulate her on all her hard work and it has been a blessing to be able to watch her journey. Outside of being a wonderful artist, she is a wonderful human being. I am assured by Stu that the messy backgrounds of the canvases she uses to highlight portraits signifies an element of how messy she is at home. She will probably kill Stu for telling me that. It was a pleasure to be part of such a lovely night. I commend her work and look forward to working with her in the future and showing off her artwork as much as I possibly can, because she deserves it. She is a true Territorian who has worked hard to get to where she is. Mrs WORDEN (Sanderson): Mr Deputy Speaker, I am on the clock so I have to talk quickly. It was a privilege to travel last week to Jakarta, heading a trade delegation on behalf of the Chief Minister to coincide with Indonesias largest trade expo celebrating its 33rd year. It was enormous. I do not mind sharing that it was my first international trade rodeo, but it was a challenge I feel I stepped up to with the amazing support of the team that travelled with me. Our role was to put the Territorys export industry on the map and cement our already strong relationships with the Indonesian government and businesses. I believe we achieved that. I will start by thanking the team; they were amazing. They all knew their roles and were able to provide me with timely briefings and support as we navigated our constantly changing itinerary. This is fairly usual with these sorts of delegations, where you are trying to get the ears of senior government and private officials. First, my deepest thanks to Clare Martin from Team NT and Mr Bill Farmer, who is a former Australian Ambassador to Indonesia and is now senior adviser to our government on Indonesia. It was clear from the

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