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Thursday, 6 April 2000
Page: 15480


Mrs DRAPER (5:39 PM) —I rise to speak with regard to the upcoming Olympic Games. Colleagues may have noticed that recently I had the honour of wearing a Modbury Jets soccer guernsey in our great Australian parliament. The guernsey was presented to me by the chairman of the Modbury Soccer Club in the club rooms off North East Road in Modbury at one of their home games on Friday night. My electorate of Makin is one of the few across Australia that has not one but two soccer clubs which have been chosen because of their outstanding facilities, organisational ability and cooperation among key stakeholders—local council, state government and, of course, federal government—to host several Olympic soccer teams during the Olympic Games. Many people at Modbury Soccer Club are extremely excited and are looking forward to this tremendous honour and opportunity.

I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of the many volunteers and all of the mums and dads of our soccer stars who make the running of the club so successful. I would like to thank the people who work the bar, the canteen and the barbecue; the people who run the raffles and organise the fundraising events; the coaches and team managers; and, as I said earlier, the mums and dads who get their kids to the training sessions and matches, which are played at many different venues. Without all the abovementioned people willing to help in the way that they do, Modbury Soccer Club would not be as successful as it is today. A special note of thanks must also go to all of the sponsors, who make the running of the club so successful. On behalf of the Modbury Soccer Club, I would like to say thank you to all of you. May I also take this opportunity to thank Minister Jackie Kelly for her tremendous support.

On a separate matter, I would like to read into the Hansard a letter of support for the launch of `How to drug proof your kids'. It says:

Good evening everybody. Firstly, I would like to apologise for not being able to be at the launch as I am at the moment still in Canberra.

However, I would like to thank Mrs Dorothy Taylor for inviting me to be part of the launch; “How To Drug Proof Your Kids”.

I can not speak highly enough about this program because the emphasis of the learning sessions is about strengthening communications and relationships between parents and children.

The focus, in the program, is on the family, and for me this is extremely important. When we were working with the “Tough on Drugs Initiative” in 97/98, in the Makin electorate, the importance of the family was an issue which I also attempted to highlight through the schools and information nights. I firmly believe it is not just up to teachers alone to carry the burden of educating our children about good life style choices, Again, family relationships are imperative in educating our children about their choices.

What we need to do as a community and as a society is approach our relationships with our children from an individual family perspective. Despite the constant peer pressure children face on a daily basis, parents need to know they can still be the most important influence upon their children's lives.

Having attended several of the sessions entitled: “Drugs! Just How Bad Is It!” and “Learning to Intervene and Where to Get Help”, I learnt a great deal.

The other modules, particularly, “Why Kids Take Drugs”, “How To Educate Kids To Make Good Choices” and “Prevention Tools For Parents”, I found very valuable and enhanced my relationship with my own children.

I would like to commend both Paul Riddley from the Valley View Secondary High School and Steve Trautwene from the Good Shepherd Lutheran school for facilitating our first “How To Drug Proof Your Kids” course in the electorate of Makin. And of course may I offer my sincere encouragement, support and congratulations to not only, Dorothy Taylor from the Golden Grove Community Church but also to the facilitators of the course Mr John Morton from Golden Grove Community Church, Mr Mike Annells, Chaplain from Golden Grove High School and Glenice Nimmo. It is very heartening and gratifying to see that people such as John Morton, Mike Annells and Glenice Nimmo are taking the time to work on the operation of this program in the electorate of Makin.

I wish you every success and encourage all parents to attend this course and again my sincere apology for not being able to attend tonight due to my parliamentary commitments in Canberra.

In closing, may I take this opportunity to sincerely say, thank you very much, to Mrs Lesley Purdom, a candidate for City of Tea Tree Gully Mayor for agreeing to speak tonight on my behalf. To all of you I say thank you very much.