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Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017



Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017

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Parliamentary Record 5


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




pp 1623 to 1686


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DEBATES Tuesday 9 May 2017 1685 Winner of Community Event of the Year 2016, the Malak Marketplace has established a reputation as a safe, sustainable community event that celebrates diversity and promotes community involvement and social engagement. I would also like to talk a bit about Fat Pigeon, a heavy metal youth band which recently took out the 2017 Battle of the School Bands competition. In 2013 three primary school boys shared the same interest in music and started the conversation of forming a band called Rock It. Their first gig was playing classic rock tracks at the Anula Primary School fete. Twelve months on, in 2014, two of the band members, Jo and Sam, caught up at Sanderson Middle School, where they signed up for the available music and song writing classes. The seven students in that music class expressed their interest to form the first school rock band called Kings of Queens, and challenged themselves to participate in the Battle of the School Bands competition in 2015. The first year experience of the Battle of the School Bands gave Jo and Sam the determination to go back for more in 2016. In 2016 Angus and Ianne joined Jo and Sam and together they formed Fat Pigeon. The four band members bonded well and it was beneficial that they all attended the same school. In 2016 Fat Pigeon went all the way to the finals and received the encouragement award at the Battle of the School Bands competition. This year saw a number of changes for Fat Pigeon as they went in search of another member who could play bass guitar and sing, as they needed to replace Ianne due to school commitments. At the same time there was another cover band called the Intergalactics, which was also in transition and in search of members to fill vacancies in the band. As such, Jo, Angus and Sam joined Michaels band, the Intergalactics, at the end of 2016. In return, Michael joined Fat Pigeon to replace Ianne on bass and vocals. Mark South, Michaels dad, saw the opportunity to coexist and leverage the key talents of the two bands based on their respective genres. This partnership enabled the Intergalactics to be a rock covers band, and Fat Pigeon to be an original thrash metal band. Marks drive and vision saw Michael join Fat Pigeon and they become the most polished thrash medal band in the Battle of the School Bands competition for this year. Fat Pigeon and the Intergalactics have received a great level of support from Darwin Community Arts, First Sunday Blues at Pint Club, and Dollys open mic night at Hibiscus Tavern. I know they are grateful and humbled by this support. Fat Pigeons story of hard work and perseverance should serve as inspiration to not only young community members, but to all community members in general. I look forward to watching the band perform live at Bass in the Grass on 20 May, and I am sure this opportunity will open many more doors for them. Mr KIRBY (Port Darwin): Mr Deputy Speaker, tonight I wish to acknowledge that May Day was last week. It is a time we traditionally celebrate workers and their rights around the nation and world. We commemorate workers around the world who have lost their lives through International Workers Memorial Day, which is not that well known through the Northern Territory, but it is all around the same time of year. This year we commemorated International Workers Memorial Day on Friday 28 April as a sign of respect to the hundreds of people each year who go to work and do not make it home to their families. We can all acknowledge that having a partner, parent or family member set off to work in the morning and never return home would be one of the most devastating set of events you could ever endure. The proactive unions and businesses I have worked for have make sure workplace safety is paramount in ensuring people in all jobs, particularly high risk industries, return home to their families every day and night. I want to pay my respects to workers around the world who celebrate May Day on 1 May. I have, through my previous roles, been fortunate enough to travel and attend a number of different May Day celebrations. The most remarkable of these would have been the Havana May Day celebrations in Cuba. A number of us had the pleasure of traveling there in 2010. It is an experience that no one could ever forget. To see over a million people take to the streets in a parade that lasts for hours is a sight you could never forget. To say that the people of Havana embrace the idea of workers celebrating everything they have to be thankful for