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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 of the Year was Ms Christine Haines who is with State Emergency Services in central Australia. The launch of the awards was well attended. Sadly, the council has learned that the federal Labor government has decided not to fund the awards any further. This has come as a real blow to the organisation. It is symptomatic of a cold, callous and uncaring government that it was not prepared to recognise the outstanding effort of volunteers in the Territory. However, I am pleased to learn that the Territorys Minister for Health and Community Services has met with the council and has been talking with it about what we may be able to do to assist it in the future. I congratulate the council chairperson, Katrina Fong Lim, the convenor of the 1995 awards, Sandra Richardson, and Jane Squires, the former executive officer, and the whole of the management committee of the council on their ongoing commitment and dedication to the cause of volunteers in the Northern Territory. Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to have the balance of my adjournment speech incorporated in Hansard. Leave granted. In discussing the volunteers who provide the labour and the energy to achieve high levels o f community service, I remind members o f that group o f unsung heroes who have been around in the Territory since 1934 - the Girl Guides. The formation o f Girl Guides in the Territory took place in Alice Springs. It was not until 1947 that guiding came to Darwin. Over a number o f years it moved to other Territory centres, including Aboriginal settlements. Cyclone Tracy wiped out the Guide Hall in Ross Smith Avenue in 1974. It was not until 1975 that Guides were able to pick up the pieces and get going again. One o f the prime objectives o f Guides is to build healthy young Aussies and turn them into well-adjusted, well-balanced and competent citizens in our community. The young Guides o f today are the leaders o f tomorrow. Responsibility to the community, taught through guiding, has a lasting effect. Girls who have been involved with the Guide program and who are committed to achieving their goals find it easier to gain work because their prospective employers have a high regard for the skills and practical experience gained through guiding. As members know, the Girl Guides Association o f Australia is part o f a world-wide voluntary organisation which promotes and encourages the development o f girls and women as responsible community members through a program o f activities, service and commitment. A national survey conducted recently showed that joining the Girl Guides was a parents 'preferred activity for their daughter. I believe there are about 700 Gumnut Guides, Brownie Guides, Guides and Ranger Guides whose ages range between 6 and 18 years. They are supported by 60 leaders and 10 advisers and consultants, and a small army o f volunteers. The numbers o f people providing assistance in this area o f the community is an indication o f the importance o f volunteers to our community. 3602

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