Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 2002
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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 November 2002 that you do make and the friendships that have been formed and the way that you participate in the very important role for Territorians in recording that which is debated and discussed here in this Chamber. So once again, for Christmas I hope that the notion of advancement and prosperity of the true welfare of all Territorians would be central and foremost in the minds and the hearts of everybody who is involved in this game one way or another. I wish all who read and listen to these words a very happy, prosperous and blessed Christmas and a new year that has a spark in it that counters the concerns that have unsettled the hearts and minds of many families and people right around the world, particularly here in the Northern Territory, with recent events of 11 September, and 12 October. Dr BURNS (Johnston): Mr Acting Deputy Speaker, tonight I speak about a few events in my electorate and beyond. I will be delivering a bit of a Christmas wind-up tomorrow night - not a wind-up, but just a few words. On 25 October, a group from Jingili Primary School Year 6/7 visited Parliament House with their teacher, Kaye Creek. The students were participating in the Discovering Democracy Forum and tour of the law courts, Darwin City Council and Parliament House. They were a fantastic group of children who asked intelligent, well-thought out questions and were exceptionally well behaved. Also on 25 October, I represented the Chief Minister at the COTA AGM at the Darwin City Council Chambers with the Lord Mayor as guest speaker. It was great to see so many people who had come out to support COTA and to see what an active organisation it is. On Saturday, 26 October, I attended the Neighbourhood Watch 12th Annual Conference and AGM at the university. The theme was Crime: Combating the Cause, and the special guest speaker was Ross McCrone from Tasmania. He addressed some of the recent trends in fraud that have been identified by the National Fraud Desk including plastic card fraud, fraud related to the Internet and a particular scam that is generally called West African sympathy or advance fee card. It was good to see members of Neighbourhood Watch from all over the Territory participating at this conference. On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, it was the commemoration of the Greek October 0X1 Day at the Nightcliff Greek School and the church service at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Esplanade Cenotaph on Sunday. On the Saturday it was great to see all he kids there, reciting poems and singing songs. It was a great crowd and all the parents and families really appreciated it. Sunday was a somber day but I know the Greek people are very proud of their war history during World War II and the way that they resisted the fascists. On Saturday 26 October, I attended the Duke Street Rainforest Landcare Group official opening of the new boardwalk and walking track into the rainforest that they have helped regenerate and rehabilitate. They are a very active group. The member for Port Darwin was there and the Lord Mayor also came along. I have not been there before and I really pay tribute to that group for the great way they have rehabilitated that area and put in walking tracks. They are looking for other areas to do likewise and I commend them. On 28 October I attended a COGSO meeting in Len Kielys office and the subject was school based constables and the DARE program. That was a pretty lively discussion but there is evidence about school based constables and the DARE program and about teachers delivering drug education in our schools. On 29 October, I attend the Cattle Council dinner in Katherine and, as Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, had a look over a few facilities there in Katherine. I am very interested in the grain industry and the cattle industry. I am looking forward to many trips to Katherine. It is a great place. Now, about some schools and other community events. Moil Athletics Club: I donated some money to help Joshua Brogan and Kevin Howard to compete as part of the NT Athletics team at the Northern Queensland championships held on 5 and 6 October 2002 in Townsville. Over 500 athletes from the northern region of Queensland competed in the event. The NT team consisted of 37 athletes and they performed fantastically, bringing home 22 gold, 17 silver and 20 bronze medals. They also won five out of six relay events which shows they have been training and practicing quite a lot. Kevin Howard won a bronze medal for the 100m with an impressive time of 13.71s and a gold medal as part of the relay team. Unfortunately, Josh Brogan sustained injury and was unable to contest in his events. In terms of Moil School, the University of New South Wales Mathematics competition has been held. Congratulations to Year 7 student, Samantha Leung, who received a high distinction award. Distinctions awards were received by Millicent Crowe, Oliver Bruekers, Lenny Quong in Year 7; Puanna Kapi in Year 6; Simon Long, Iona Watson and Ian Moriarty in Year 5; Darcy Stanford, Jamie Lang, Joshua Rudd and Christopher Frew in Year 4; and Megan Party, Charlotte Nathan, Phoebe Martin 3124
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