Relationships Australia

On Friday morning I had the great pleasure of having a tour and meeting with the team from Relationships Australia for Canberra and the region. I want to take this opportunity to commend that team for their great work. Relationships Australia supplies employee assistance to Canberra and the region, relationship counselling, family dispute resolution, trauma counselling and services to Aboriginal Canberrans, particularly to those who are incarcerated at the jail or living at Bimberi.

They have just introduced a program on non-violent reconciliation, which is based on the principles and philosophies espoused by Dr Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. Parents who are having challenges with their children develop the skills and resilience to better manage their children. It is a great new scheme they are piloting. I understand they are going to be rolling it out further.

This service is greatly valued by Canberrans and those in the capital region. I encourage the member for Hume and the member for Eden-Monaro to take time to have a look at what they are offering. I understand that the member for Riverina is perfectly across what they do offer. I would like to commend Mary Pekin and her exceptional team for their commitment, dedication and concern and for healing Canberrans and the people in the capital region.

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