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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 10


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 17 May 1995 previously known is terrifying in itself, but your police team made it fa r less daunting than one would suppose. It is difficult to competently convey, but I feel that you should be very proud o f your officers. I also wish that there was some way to convey to the general public just how human and caring they are and can be whilst still being impartial. Please give your officers credit for a job from my experience very well done, very human and certainly a group o f people to turn to should anyone be faced with such offences. Your department also provides support services o f the sexual assault referral centre. For the first few moths, being independent by nature, I attempted to cope alone, but failed. Realising I wanted to end it all, I eventually reached out and received the help that mostly has kept me on my feet. This help has been crucial to my present wellbeing because, not only was I not coping, but my family and friends couldn t either. But, with the sexual assault referral centre, one comes to understand that life does go on. I do not know how I would have put my life back together had my experience with your people not been o f such quality, support and understanding. I do not want to say a great deal more, but it is not often that, as Chief Minister, one receives a letter like that about officers of the Northern Territory Public Service. In this case, the police and prosecutors were mentioned. The woman named people in her letter to me whom she felt handled her case outstandingly, and with sensitivity, as she mentioned in the parts of her letter that I quoted. It is a shame that it is not a letter that I could show to any of those people or their superiors because it would be breaching a confidence that she has placed in me. I will not do that. However, I thought that the least I could do was to edit her letter, as I have done, and read it into the public record. Mrs BRAHAM (Braitling): Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to mention tonight 3 achievements in my electorate. The first relates to a constituent of mine, Bronwyn Truscott, whom I have known for a period of 12 years. I first met her when she enrolled her young children at Sadadeen Primary School. As a mother, Bronwyn considered that she should be at home when her children arrived home from school and therefore she had never taken a full-time job. She enrolled in Centralian College as a mature age student for the associate diploma in child-care studies. Over a number of years, she completed the associate diploma. In March this year, the 1994 graduation awards were presented. The Administrators Medal for outstanding academic achievement was presented to Bronwyn. It was quite a surprise for her because she had no idea that she was even in the running for it. She actually received 3 awards that night. Not only did she receive her associate diploma and the Administrators Medal, but she also won the award for outstanding student in the community studies area. It is a great achievement for a young mother of 3 teenage children that she could apply herself so well to her studies and take out such a prestigious award. It was a very popular decision by staff and students and one very greatly deserved. I know her family and her children are very proud of her achievements. It is an example of how a mature-aged person can return to study and do extremely well. Another matter I would like to comment on is the Australian Scholarship Group which initiated a scheme of National Excellence in Teaching Awards for 1994. Approximately 3325

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