Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 2002
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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 November 2002 and for the Year 4 to 7 bracket. The Student Rep Art Club finished third, while Leanyer pair, Stacie Reader and Danielle Lede were awarded second. Leanyer also won an Outstanding School Project Award. In total, Leanyer received over $1400 in prizes with over $200 of it going directly to the students. It is a great effort by a great school, and I know how committed staff, students and the principal, Henry Gray, are to keeping their grounds clean and I congratulate them for it. Wanguri Primary School received six awards including one very prestigious one. In the Bag the Bags competition, student Elise Baldock finished third in the Community category, while in the Year 5 and up category, Wanguri was awarded second place. In the Poster Competition in the Year 4 to 7 category, Elise Baldock again was awarded first place. Wanguri also had an award presented to one of its teachers, Kaye Baldock, for the Environmental Visionary Teachers that I wholeheartedly agree with. Kaye puts in an enormous amount of work for the school and its grounds and she really does deserve this recognition. Kaye, congratulations, great recognition for a job well done. For school-wide awards, Wanguri were awarded two: second for the Best Urban School; and picked up the highly prestigious Schools Environment Award School of the Year 2002, an award only bettered by School of the Year. A great effort by all students and staff and principal, Sharon Reeves and I congratulate them all. It makes me so proud to drive around my electorate and to know that we have some of the best grounds the Territory has to offer. It makes Leanyer and Wanguri a great place to live. I thank all of the students, staff and parents involved with all four schools for their effort. I hope they continue it for many years to come, and keep Wanguri and Leanyer as being great places to live in the northern suburbs. Ms LAWRIE (Karama): Mr Acting Deputy Speaker, I rise this evening to talk about the effort of many people in the Karama and Malak community, and to recognise some very sad events that in effect drew the community together, but also the achievements of people who have been out there proving that the Territory is full of great talent. I start on a very sad note, that is, services that I attended on 20 October to commemorate the victims of the Bali bombing. On Sunday morning, I went to the Philadelphia Indonesian Church that is in Koolinda Crescent in my electorate of Karama and participated in the Indonesian congregation service that morning. That service was conducted by the Very Reverend Salomo Bangun. It was a beautiful church service conducted in Bahasa Indonesian, which challenged me to refresh my knowledge of Bahasa which I had studied in Darwin some 20 odd years ago. For the benefit of the Aussies in the congregation, who were primarily the spouses of some gorgeous Indonesian women, the service was conducted partially in English as well. I did my best to sing in Bahasa and certainly enjoyed the service and the translation in English. I congratulate the Indonesian community in my electorate for being so profoundly strong even in their deepest sadness. The members of the congregation were particularly concerned as some were related to one of the victims and they were concerned about some orphaned children. It was a deeply touching and moving ceremony. I was able to talk to them on behalf of the Northern Territory government, as well as about the peace and the friendship we have with the Indonesian community. And about why harmony in our lives is very important. We spoke about how it is often times of such grief and sadness that strengthens our peace and our harmony and, indeed, our enduring friendships. That afternoon, I attended the commemoration services down on the Esplanade. Again, it was a very moving service. There were no words spoken. The Chief Minister and the Indonesian Consul led the ceremony by laying flowers at the cenotaph. This as followed by at least a couple of hundred people silently laying flowers on the cenotaph and pausing briefly to say their prayers for the victims of the Bali bombing. It was a deeply moving ceremony in which to participate. That evening, I went to the Buddhist Society of the Northern Territorys Leanyer temple. A temple that I frequent not as often as I would like, but I do manage to get there several times throughout the year. The Buddhist Society put on a Light Offering Ceremony. In that ceremony we lit candles and walked around a very large Buddha. After a ceremony of blessing in the gardens we moved into the temple and participated in a prayer ceremony that ended up with a beautiful meditation period. I congratulate the Buddhist Society for putting on this Light Offering Ceremony and the prayers that help, in their belief, with the passage of the souls into better reincarnation and to ameliorate the pain and suffering of the people who had died because their souls are still suffering. Through special prayers that occur over a period of about a month those prayers are believed to send the soul onto a better reincarnation, rather than to carry that pain and suffering with them. I hope that those prayers work. Whilst there is deep sadness in our society, as the Chief Minister has clearly said, life goes on. We do 3112
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