House debates

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Constituency Statements

Watson, Mr Sam, Bouchard, Mr Ron, Brisbane Electorate: Christmas Card Competition

10:03 am

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Brisbane Indigenous activist Sam Watson, sadly, passed away last week. He was a strong voice for Aboriginal rights in our community in Brisbane. He was an author, an academic and a filmmaker. While our political views were different, I pay a serious and sombre tribute to him for his dedication to his life's work and the sacrifices he made as a community leader.

I also want to pay tribute to the Lion Ron Bouchard, who passed away last week. I had the honour of meeting Ron a few times around our community, and his tireless work with the Ashgrove-The Gap Lions, and for other causes, is to be commended. I know he will be sorely missed.

After reflecting on the sadness and the hole in our local community that both of those community leaders will leave, I want to report how some future and emerging community leaders, in the form of high-achieving students, also deserve some special recognition for their work in our community at this time. I want to congratulate all of the hundreds of local students from across Brisbane who participated in my annual Christmas card competition. This year's young artistic talent around Brisbane continues to impress. I'm very pleased to announce that the overall winner was Emily Williams, in year 6 at Wilston State School, whose colourful design of Brisbane's Story Bridge now sits on the front of my 2019 Christmas card, being sent out to every household in Brisbane.

The prep/year 1 category winner was Leona Sharma in year 1 at Newmarket State School. The year 2 winner was Stephanie Tull of Windsor State School. The year 3 winner was Meadow Cruden of Wilston State School. The runners up were Georgia Keating in prep at Our Lady Help of Christians School in Hendra, William Moore in year 2 at Holy Spirit Catholic School New Farm and Eliana Gale in year 3 at Wilston State School.


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