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Monday, 15 September 2003
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Mrs MAY (1:54 PM) —I recently had the privilege and honour of receiving 78 debutante couples at the 18th annual senior debutante ball for Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School year 11 students. The students of PBC certainly stepped out in style to make their debut into society and be presented to their proud parents and the local school community. The young debutantes looked stunning. The girls were beautiful in their white gowns and, in many cases, tiaras. The white gowns were complemented with bouquets of flowers and accessories. The young men were very stylish in their tuxedos and did a great job of escorting their young ladies across the stage for presentation to me.

The PBC debutante ball is an annual event; a tradition for the past 18 years. I believe the Principal, Mr Bill Bondfield, and the Deputy Principal, Mr Keith Money, are to be congratulated for keeping this tradition alive. The debutante coordinator, Ms Lynda McGuire, also deserves a special mention. Her young debutantes were a credit to her many weeks of coaching, and on the night they did not let her or themselves down. They presented faultlessly and they danced beautifully. It was a wonderful sight to see over 150 young people take to the dance floor. Debutante balls are not very common these days, but there is no doubt this was an occasion to be remembered—young people being presented as young adults. It was very special and the evening was a credit to the parents, the young debutantes and, importantly, to Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School. I was honoured to be part of this very special occasion.

The SPEAKER —I reassure all members that the call is being driven not by any gender bias but by the chart in front of me.