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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003

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Parliamentary Record 13


Debates for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005




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DEBATES Thursday 19 June 2003 4450 Marilynne Paspaley played an especially prominent role in this years conference. She was accompanied by fellow Territory businesswomen, Karen Brown, from Karen Brown Gallery, and Heather Brown from Di Croco Crocodile Products, as well as prominent Aboriginal performing artist, George Rrurramba. George gave an Aboriginal cultural performance at the final lunch of the conference, and reports are that it was very well received, Karen Brown sold out her collection of contemporary Aboriginal art, and Heather Brown made impeccable contacts with fellow businesswomen from New York, Los Angeles and Bermuda, and business for her company is likely to follow. I am pleased that my government was able to support Marilynne Paspaley and the others with assistance to get freight to Bermuda, and that the Protocol Unit of my department was also able to assist. So successful was the Northern Territory contribution to this years conference that Marilynne has been able to persuade the organisers to bring the event to Sydney next year, with a strong focus on follow-up visits to Darwin and the Top End. I commend Marilynne Paspaley for playing such a leading role in helping business women follow their dreams and for always putting opportunities for the Territory first. I wonder how many of my colleagues are aware that it is Back to Morse Week in Darwin. This week, the old Morse Codians will be in town on their annual pilgrimage from Adelaide keeping the tradition of morse sending alive. In Lyons Cottage on The Esplanade this week, 94 year old George Maine and his colleague, the comparatively youthful Brian Haskin, will be sending free telegrams for visitors by morse keying along the phone lines. These telegrams are then sent to their destination by Australia Post. This festival, celebrating the telegraphic history of our town, takes place every year in the dry season. I would especially like to thank John Ahfelt, the local old morse codian who, together with his colleagues in South Australia, is responsible for organising this wonderful event. John and his family have worked tirelessly for years promoting and supporting this event and I applaud his and the other old morse codians efforts for promoting the historic technology so important to our citys past. In my capacity as Minister for Arts and Museums, I note with pride and pleasure the announcement of this years Beat Awards sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Darwin. These awards are a celebration and recognition of Top End youth and performing arts. Award winners are to be congratulated. Beat Awards went to Penny Cameron who won the Tham Thamarajah Memorial Prime Award; Scott James who won the Nick Paspaley Memorial Prime Award; Kristy Rickert, the Peter La Pira Award; the Bank South Australia Award was won by Cassandra Williams; another Bank South Australia Award by Jonathan Connell; and the TIO Award went to William Cowie. The Rotary Club of Darwin had an award, which Angelina Duan won; the Best Foundation Award for Year 12 was won by Guy Bannister, Joshua Mu and Joanna Wells; the Foundation Award for Year 11, Zaira Tomassi and David Bruce; and for Year 10, Angelina Duan and Elli Richards. Encouragement Awards were presented to Rochelle Chin, Kate Gore, Alexandra Haslett, Andrea Ho, Judith McFarlane, Timothy OHagan, Rachael Tolliday and Emily Wilson. Congratulations to all our young performing artists and participants for the excellence in achievement. Mr WOOD (Nelson): Mr Acting Deputy Speaker, I would like to talk about a couple of things that have happened in my area. The major highlight of the rural area was the 25th Freds Pass Show held recently, and 25 years shows that it is a stayer. It has been through its ups and downs. It started as a very small country festival, built up to a very big show, then had the staggers, you might say, for a couple of years. However, now under the new management, it has really shot forward as, I believe, the best show in the Territory. I do not say that necessarily because I live out that way, but seeing the crowds that turn up for it reflects that it is a true country show It is a very friendly show and there is not the pressure you sometimes get on families at other shows. That, of course, is deliberate because the amusements at Freds Pass Show are limited so that the amusements do not take over the show. That has been a policy of whoever has been running the show for many years. I have to thank certain people and one is Karen Relph who is full-time CEO of the show, who was appointed two years ago by the Freds Pass Management Board because APEX, which used to run the show for many years, was struggling for numbers and finding it very difficult to continue to manage the show. It is through her great leadership that the show has come back to being what it used to be in years gone by. It has all the normal things of a country show: the produce and the livestock. The livestock is special in the rural area because Taminmin High School is our only agricultural secondary school and many of the students proudly show off the cattle and goats from there. It is the one day of the year when they can show off to the local people what they produce at the school. We have the normal things like the parachutes, horse events, and lots of commercial displays. People are coming to realise that the show is a great place to advertise. We have the Emergency Services Games where the local volunteer fire

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