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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007

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Parliamentary Record 12


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DEBATES Wednesday 14 February 2007 3894 Just before New Year, a quiz night was held for Mrs Irene McLennan to fundraise for her to go on a trip to Adelaide to visit her father for the first time since Irene was removed from her family as a child as part of the Stolen Generation. Mrs McLellans daughter, Vicki Hoult, lives in Leanyer and it was my pleasure to support this cause and attend the night. Well done, Vicki, for your organisation of such a great event. I know from Irene and a very large extended family that it was a wonderful trip and a great reunion between Irene and her father. I spent New Years eve at a variety of different celebrations and functions with many members of our team. I travelled around with the members for Karama and Casuarina. I know the member for Johnston was out and about, and the member for Port Darwin, I think. We attended a number of celebrations. One was the Kalymnian Brotherhood annual New Years eve celebration. It was a fabulous event great music, great food, great wine, a fair bit of whisky around. Congratulations to George Kalidonis, Peter Karpathakis and the organisers and committee. Another venue we attended was the Portuguese Timorese Social Club, which was also fantastic. A big thanks to the president, Gloria de Castro Holl and other organisers and committee. The Italian Clubs function was great event. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks must go to Felix Matarazzo and Nick de Candilo, who did a fantastic job as the Master of Ceremonies. To round out the evening, we all attended the NT Timor-Chinese party at the clubhouse in Marrara. What an amazing feast! The pice de rsistance leading up to midnight was bringing out a pig on the spit. Thanks to Rui Mu, Danny Lay and the rest of the organisers. A big thank you to George Mu who helped bring it all together. George, Rui, Danny and everyone at the Timorese-Chinese organisation have done an amazing job rebuilding that clubhouse and bringing that community back together again. As you can see, the Christmas and New Year period was a very busy one around Leanyer and Wanguri. However, we are right back into the swing of things with school going back and students getting back into their routines for 2007. I have been out visiting the schools in my electorate, plus many others as the minister now responsible for education. It is good to see the students enthusiasm and willingness to learn. The governments $50 Back to School voucher is again coming in very handy and getting many accolades from parents. It is such a big to help ease the burden to parents of getting the kids back to school. Also, it has been fantastic to see many of the 5000 new computers that were rolled out into Territory schools late last year. The kids really appreciate, as do the teachers, being able to use new computers this year. Saturday, 18 February, marks the beginning of Chinese New Year celebrations welcoming in the Year of the Golden Pig. I hope that the Year of the Golden Pig brings all my constituents and everyone here today a busy, productive and happy year ahead. I am sure that in future adjournment debates, we will be taking about celebrations with the Chinese community. Dr BURNS (Johnston): Madam Acting Deputy Speaker, first and foremost, I wish all my colleagues in this House a happy and healthy 2007 and Mr Henderson: Golden Pig! Dr BURNS: That is right. Sadly, at the end of last year, two very important people who are known to me passed away. I would like to pay tribute to their memories. The first is Phil Donohoe. Phil was a very well-known and very well-loved person in Darwin and beyond. I first met Phil in Gove where he was very much liked and respected in the Gove-East Arnhem area by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike. He did a fantastic job. He was a fantastic communicator with people - Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal - and very well respected. I am sure he will be remembered by other members in their offerings during these sittings, as he touched people from all walks of life and different arenas and also through his family his wife and children his faith, his sport and his commitment to the community in so many ways. At Phils funeral in December, the minister of the Darwin Uniting Church gave the eulogy. The church was packed to the rafters and beyond and it was just amazing to see the range of people who had come to pay their respects and, moreover, to celebrate Phils life because it was a very special life. I would like to quote from Steve Ormes eulogy: Phil was born on 26 May 1961 in Bonbeach, Victoria, the third child of Jack and Jean Donohoe. Phil has two older sisters, Christine and Felicity. He grew up in Woodend, north-west of Melbourne. From his early years, Phil was a man on a spiritual journey. At the age of 14, he changed sides from Catholicism to Protestantism. He prayed for wisdom and spent the next six years talking to older and