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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 24 November 2016



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 24 November 2016

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Parliamentary Record 2


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




pp 503 to 561


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DEBATES Thursday 24 November 2016 558 I visited the Palmerston Mens Shed a couple of weeks ago. They are doing a fantastic job out there, and a lot of great work with the Palmerston community. I congratulate Leigh and all the team there for doing the amazing job they do as a community service, and all the things they make in that shed that go to the community. They do such a good job. Further, as the assistant minister for mens policy, I have the privilege of attending the White Ribbon Day breakfast tomorrow with the Minister for Territory Families, and many other colleagues and honourable members here today. This breakfast will be hosted by the White Ribbon Ambassador, Charlie King, who is a great anti-violence campaigner in the Northern Territory. He has been at the forefront of mens health for many years. I personally thank Charlie for all the work he has done; it has been a lot of hard work over many years. He has contributed a lot. One woman dies every week in Australia from domestic violence-related incidents, which is a disturbing fact. We need domestic violence to stop, and for this to happen we need men to stand up, speak out and act. We need to make womens safety a mans issue too. Men speaking to other men about violence against women is a powerful tool for change. Education, raising awareness, creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships like White Ribbon Australia provide the tools for men to stop violence against women in their community and beyond. Mens health includes physical and mental health issues. As the assistant minister for mens policy, I again thank Leigh at the Palmerston Mens Shed, and Charlie King for driving these important programs to stop domestic violence, and for working with mens health issues. White Ribbon Day is important, and I thank all the organisations and volunteers for the support that mens health gets across the Territory. Mr KIRBY (Port Darwin): Madam Speaker, I have had the pleasure of visiting the St Marys Catholic Primary School on a number of occasions over the last few months. The community has been extremely welcoming every time I have visited. I have been humbled by the warm welcome I have received when attending school assemblies, World Teachers Day and the opening of a significant new walkway. I have been afforded the luxury of a tour around the school to look through the classrooms at some of the art and recreation areas, and I was afforded the pleasure of presenting awards at the school assembly. The etiquette and manners shown by these children are a testament to their parents, teachers and the students themselves. I will give the Chamber some context on why St Marys Catholic Primary School is such an amazing part of our community. This school has had more than its fair share of hard knocks over the years. Ensuring the faith and resilience of all involved has been tested to its limits. I am sure most would remember that in 2006 a young school goer had his life cut short, tragically, when a mahogany tree branch struck him when he was at lunch. He had a number of school mates with him and it was a tragic accident. There probably could have been more injuries that day, but thankfully the lads who were with him were quick enough to get out of the way. Unfortunately this lad could not. Many things have changed right through that school and the Territory since that day. We have a much sharper understanding of how dangerous these large trees can be. In that courtyard, over the following years, a free-standing deck and shaded structure was created by award-winning architects Greg McNamara and Lena Yali. What first stuck me, when I entered the courtyard the first time I went to the school, was how the structure was impeccably designed to make sure as much of the courtyard as possible was in shade, even in the heat of the day. It was clearly designed by people who understood the need of the tropical landscape, but at that time, I did not realise the significance of the structure and the people involved in designing it. This area, among other spaces designed by the same architects at that school, is used to shade the students and provide more usable spaces for teachers and students throughout the school. Unfortunately, in 2011 tragedy struck again, when Greg and Lena were killed in a horrific accident. Despite these terrible setbacks, the school, now under the watch of Principal Jacqui Langdon and her dedicated staff, has continued to flourish and grow. In October this year the St Marys Catholic Primary School held a blessing and then an official opening of the McNamara and Yali commemorative walkways. These

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