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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016

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Parliamentary Record 1


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




pp 65 to 124


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DEBATES Wednesday 19 October 2016 124 masters, 200 metre masters, 60 metre masters, 100 metre masters and long jump masters, Priya Wickremasena. The silver medal winners: for high jump 10-year-old boys, 800 metre run 10-year-old boys, and 60 metre hurdles 10-year-old boys, Brody Walker; 200 metre 12-year-old boys, Chhitiz Maskey; long jump open and javelin open, Beau Black, 400 metre masters, 60 metre masters, 200 metre masters and 100 metre masters, Luke John Mayo; 100 metre nine-year-old boys, 60 metre nine-year-old boys and 200 metre nineyear-old boys, Nelson Minogue; shotput nine-year-old girls, Taylar Guymer, who was a first time participant; discus masters and shotput masters, Anita Wickremasena. Bronze medal winners: discus masters, Luke John Mayo; long jump nine-year-old boys, Nelson Minoque; 400 metre run 10-year-old boys, Brody Walker. The total medal tally was 37 medals this year compared to 29 medals last year, which is a huge achievement and significant growth for the club. I acknowledge the support provided to the Palmerston Athletics Club by NT Athletics President Kevin Mulvahil, and NT Athletics General Manager John Bowden, particularly during the 2016 championships. Lastly, I thank Priya Wickremasena, who is the president and public officer, for her work and for making me aware of the wonderful achievements of the club. May they grow and continue to succeed. Ms NELSON (Katherine): Madam Speaker, this week is National Carers Week, and I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the unsung heroes of our communities. Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy. Should all of the carers decide to stop performing their caring role, it would cost the country $6.3bn per year to replace those supports. That is over $1m per week. National Carers Week provides us all an opportunity to show our unpaid carers how much we appreciate their selflessness and dedication. It also helps highlight the issues our carers face and generate discussion about how we as a society can provide our support. This year we are all encouraged to let our unpaid carers know how much they count, and to personally contribute towards creating a more carer-friendly community. National Carers Week is an initiative of Carers Australia, with events celebrating our carers held across the country. The Northern Territory Government is proud to be a sponsor of Carers Week in the NT, through Carers NT, contributing $20 000 to support the celebrations, which include a range of activities throughout this week. Some of the activities planned and held to date are: last Saturday there was a community fun day held at Leanyer aquatic park. There was a jumping castle, pony rides, face painting, a DJ and a free sausage sizzle. Yesterday we had a carers information stand at the Bakewell Shopping Centre. Today there was an invitation-only carers graduation ceremony held at the Darwin Sailing Club. Tomorrow there is a movie fundraiser, which will be held at the Deckchair Cinema, with a screening of The Secret Life of Pets. On Friday a carer information stand and free barbecue is planned to be held in Raintree Park from 11 am until 1.30 pm. In my own electorate of Katherine we have had several events this week. Today a morning tea was hosted at Kalano Aged Care, and I hear that it was a resounding success. It is a great example of the dedication shown by carers, such as Sue Piscett, who organised it all. Also, on Friday the Carers NT Katherine office will be celebrating Carers Week and the opening of its new office, with a lunch from 11.30 am to 1 pm. On a personal note, I acknowledge the organisations and associations in Katherine and the countless family members, the unsung heroes who selflessly and passionately give of themselves to care for others. NT Carers, Life Without Barriers, NT Friendship and Support, Red Cross, Kalano Aged Care, the Australian remote regional care serviceswe thank you very much for your contributions. Motion agreed to; the Assembly adjourned.