Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007
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DEBATES Wednesday 14 February 2007 3901 The gift of dream is the head of steam That drives a man to win. It was the dream, I am sure, drove me to endure All the tough spots Ive been in. Now its very hard when theyve drawn your card And your numbers up, they say, And your dreams are dashed and your chips are cashed To regroup and fight next day. It was dreams led me, far across the sea To the land of golden soil Where I met my match diggin out my patch In the Territorys rock-hard soil. Dreams can be a lure, they can kill or cure Leave Midas without a dime. Its the friends youve made, while the game youve played That will balance the scales in time. If its dreams that drive, then youve got to strive To build more when hope is gone. Its the dream to win, that keeps Aussies in Makes us toil from dusk til dawn Fly Eurekas flag, back that Phar Lap nag Play cricket like Sir Don. Were not quitters here, have no bloody fear Pull your socks up, and carry on. That was written in 2003. Earl, you will be long remembered in the Pine Creek community. We will hear about some dedications to you in the years to come, which are well deserved. I will now move on to some of my other communities. My great little footy players in Daly River actually got the chance to compete in the half-time match at the All Stars game just recently. Prior to that match in the Nauiyu community, they had a visit from the Essendon players who did a fantastic job getting around the communities. They visited Wadeye as well, and came to Daly River; there were five players and an assistant coach. Children from the Wooliana School, the St Francis Xavier School and the Woolaning School all attended sessions and had a great barbecue. The community arrived to meet all the players who had made themselves available, and had a great lunch there. I acknowledge all the players who played in that match at the half time. The girls were Donna Foster, Mickayla Green, Stephanie Wilson, Bernadine Wungung and Janine Cooper. The boys were Jayd Salzgeber, Hayden Long, John Miller, Luke Parry, Jesiah Jimarin, John Luckan, Adam Sambono, Matthew Cronin, Justin Madigan and Ignathius Yarranyiar. I have mentioned before in this House that these guys are fantastic players. I have seen them in action at a round robin competition and they are certainly players we will see in the future - hopefully playing for the mighty Southern Districts. I acknowledge three Australia Day Award recipients from my electorate. These awards are recognition of what the community thinks of these individuals. Citizen of the Year in Mataranka was Andrew Boon, and the junior was Troy Williams. It is certainly good recognition for them of their contribution to the community. I attended the Australia Day celebrations at Pine Creek and Tommy Harbrow, a long-term Territorian, was recognised as the Citizen of the Year there. His acceptance speech was quite interesting. The junior was Natalie Sandy. Congratulations to Natalie. The Timber Creek Citizen of the Year was Steve Hennessey and the junior was Jonas Johnson. Jonas has done a fantastic job with the youth in that community and it is sad to lose him. He is moving on to better things in Katherine. Thank you, Jonas, for all the hard work you have done. The School of the Air Citizen of the Year was Amy Harding from Gorrie Station. Well done, Amy, for all your work. This is recognition for you. The Mataranka School Citizen of the Year was Jessica Sullivan. I met Jessica at the Christmas break-up, and she is certainly a fantastic young lady. At the Batchelor ceremony, which I presided over, we were fortunate enough to have two people who became citizens. It was the first time I have ever had to perform the citizenship ceremony. It was a great honour for me and I hope it was for them. Ineu Latter and Sirpa Hopf were the two ladies who pledged their allegiance to Australia. It was certainly a reminder to everyone present of what the pledge is about and what it means to be an Australian citizen. Congratulations to Ineu and Sirpa. You are valuable citizens of the community, and I look forward to working with you in the future. There were a number of nominations for various awards during the ceremony. For the Young Citizen of the Year there were several nominations. Kiya Gill, who I have mentioned for all her work in the community, has now moved onto fundraising for the Red Cross Association across the Northern Territory. She was nominated for all her work in the community. Natasha Thompson was also mentioned. She is a fantastic young lady, and was the winner of the Young Citizen of the Year for Batchelor. Congratulations, Natasha.