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The Chronicle: Christmas Message 2013

In our Centenary Year, we’ve truly seen Canberra at its best. The Centenary has enabled Canberrans to celebrate what they love about this city. I hope it has also enabled Australians outside Canberra to think of their National Capital in a new light - to think of Canberra not just as the home of Parliament, but as a thriving, diverse and special place.

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The Chronicle: School Legends

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. (Martin Luther King Jr)

I’m living proof of the transformative powers of education, so I spend a lot of time learning about the great work being done in our schools. Early in my first term, I noticed there were plenty of awards for straight-A students or sports stars, but few for those students I call the quiet achievers. The students who stare down personal and physical challenges with a courage and resilience beyond their years to achieve their goals.

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The Chronicle: Thank you Canberra

It is a great honour to be re-elected to serve as the Member for Canberra for another three years, and I look forward to continuing to represent, advocate and fight for you in my second term.

Over the last three years my community forums have provided an invaluable opportunity for me to hear direct from you about your needs, priorities and concerns. I’ll continue to hold the forums in neighbourhood centres in my second term. I’ll advertise them on my website, through the Chronicle, and send invitations to local residents. I look forward to your continued involvement in the forums.

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The Chronicle: Digital Radio is coming

Congratulations Canberra – we were one of the first cities in Australia to successfully switch to digital television, and we did so without a hitch! And now begins the rollout of digital radio – only this time there won’t be a switchover. Digital radio will operate in conjunction with analogue radio rather than replace it.

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The Chronicle: Chifley Black Spots Program Update

One of the hardest parts of my job has been speaking to Canberrans who have lost a loved one or been injured themselves in a car accident.

While car accidents are a sad reality, there are measures we can take to reduce their impact.

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The Chronicle: Amenity in the Parliamentary Triangle

When I was working in the Parliamentary Triangle, a car park was a precious commodity. So in order to get one, I lived by the edict of “early to bed, early to rise” – a habit greatly assisted by a husband doing a breakfast program!

On the days when I would have to drive into Civic to visit Medicare, send a parcel or do some banking during lunch, I would hate returning to work and starting the white-knuckle car park search again. 

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The Chronicle: Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program

Canberra’s Centenary has got off to a great start. And I’ve really enjoyed catching up with many of you at the cricket under the new lights at Manuka Oval, the Multicultural Festival, the Prom at Government House and the launch of the Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club history in the clubhouse at Chisholm. It was also wonderful to see the huge turnout and level of support for the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra. 

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The Chronicle: Financial Literacy

Not long ago my father in law lost his wonderful wife, my husband’s mother, to illness. It was a very difficult time, which I’m sure you can appreciate after many years together.

It was during this time of mourning that my father in law was the target of a scammer when he unwittingly handed over bank account details to someone because he thought it was part of the process. Needless to say he lost quite a bit of money.

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The Chronicle: ANZAC Centenary

2013 has been an incredible year for Canberra – we’ve turned 100, had a year-long party and in the process been reminded again and again why we call this wonderful city home.

Next year marks the beginning of another significant 100th anniversary – the Centenary of ANZAC 2014-2018. Many of us have links to our first ANZACs and there is not a community in Australia that did not feel the impact of the war. 

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The Chronicle: Aged Care in Canberra

Last Saturday I visited the Brindabella Gardens aged care home fete in Curtin and spent way too much at the International Stall on textiles and pashminas from distant lands. And as I unpacked my purchases when I got home, I wondered at the journeys behind these beautiful pieces from India and South America and Indonesia. 

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