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Monday, 29 November 2004
Page: 21

Mr JOHNSON (1:50 PM) —Last Friday, 26 November, I had the wonderful opportunity of hosting the 2004 Ryan Recognition Awards. It is the third occasion that I have had the opportunity of doing this. We held it at Nudgee Junior College in Indooroopilly, in the Ryan electorate. We had an enormous number of residents from the community—in excess of 350—come along. It was a wonderful gathering of young people, businesspeople, community leaders and those many residents of Ryan who have made service to the community their No. 1 priority.

When I first initiated these awards, we had only some 25 to 30 recipients. On this occasion the recipients are too many to name and too many to be able to speak of all their contributions to the Ryan community. But I want to pay tribute in the parliament today to those people who, from across the spectrum of business, schools and community organisations such as Rotary and Lions, have really led the way, showing how Australians give their time very generously to their fellow Australians. I want to mention very quickly the three categories that we had. We had the Ryan youth recognition awards, the Ryan Recognition Awards and a special category for young people from school who will clearly show the way in the future. (Time expired)