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“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work”
“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work” is a newsletter produced by the Clerk of the ACT Legislative Assembly. It provides an overview of the most recent business of the Assembly in a brief but informative way. I would highly recommend the newsletter to all Canberrans interested in the business of the Assembly.
“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work” is available at http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-the-assembly/matters_of_public_impor....
Assembly @ Work” – The Legislative Assembly’s school newsletter
The Legislative Assembly’s school newsletter is an outstanding resource for educators in the ACT or for anyone wishing to learn more about the operations of the Assembly. The newsletter is produced by the Education Office of the Secretariat of the Assembly.
A copy of the newsletter is available at http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/learn-about-the-assembly/resources/scho...
Final report on my study tour to undertake research into legislation, and the regulation and administration of euthanasia in Switzerland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Belgium
From the Porter Report August 2014 - Friendship During Hardship
Recently Mary met with the Dutch Ambassador, Her Excellency Mrs Annemicke Ruigrok, as she visited the Assembly to sign a Condolence Book for victims of the MH17 tragedy.
Mary has got to know the Dutch Ambassador since her study tour of The Netherlands last June and maintains this relationship by attending events hosted by the Embassy whenever possible.
“I was also glad to be able to meet with the Ambassador at the Dutch Embassy recently and sign their Condolences Book. I am deeply saddened by the downing of flight MH17 and I send my deepest respects to all those affected by the tragedy,” Mary said.
“It is important that we join together during such times to express our grief. I invite you all to visit the ACT Legislative Assembly to write your condolences in the Condolences Book, it will be available at the public entrance for an extended period.” Mary said.
From the Porter Report August 2014 - Seeing Things Differently
Recently Mary attended Liz Dawson’s book launch of Where is My Eyebrow? which tells of her amazing life journey and the overnight loss of her sight.
Mary has known Liz for many years since her time as CEO of Volunteering ACT. In recognition of her services to the community, Ms Dawson has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia.
“I have always admired her dedication and commitment to the community generally, as well as the homeless in particular. I find Liz to be a truly inspirational woman, Mary said.
“The story that lies within the pages of her book is one that I encourage everyone to read as it not only gives one insight into the way Liz has dealt with the huge challenges life has thrown up, but does so in a way that is practical as well as with good humour.” Mary said.
From the Porter Report August 2014 - Four Decades of Fun and and Learning
Last month Mary attended the 40th Birthday of Evatt Primary School where a time capsule from 2004 was opened and items, such as old school uniforms and letters, were displayed. Contemporary items were then placed inside the capsule to be opened again in 2024.
During the celebration, Mary was invited to speak, congratulating the school on its achievements over the years. Parents, teachers and students, past and present, were in attendance and were treated to a musical journey through the 40 years of history by each class in turn.
Mary spoke with Mr Allan Fidock, the very first principal of Evatt Primary, who was her neighbour on two occasions, while she did nursing in the Northern Territory.
“It was wonderful to be a part of the celebrations and see all the smiles on the children’s faces and share their enthusiasm on the day.’ Mary said.
From the Porter Report August 2014 - Veterans Honoured
Last month on behalf of the ACT Government, Mary attended the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans & Veterans Federation’s move into the Stephen King Memorial Centre at Burkitt Street, Page. The Governor General, His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, also attended as a guest speaker at the commemorative service.
“It was amazing to see how much the Vietnam Veterans & Veterans Federation has accomplished over the past 10 years, their centre and Men’s Shed has been achieved solely by the hard work of volunteers and donors, Mary said.
“It was an honour to hear the Governor General speak to the veterans and moving to listen to the performance of the ballad I was only 19.” Mary stated.
The Veterans also served the guests a very scrumptious morning tea!
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