CAROLINE CHISHOLM SOCIETY

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (09:48:10): In another place far from here we are offered the simplistic mantra of ‘A fair go for those who have a go’. This morning I join members in paying tribute to the Caroline Chisholm Society on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its provision of pregnancy and family support services to those in need in Moonee Ponds, Caroline Springs, Shepparton and Essendon. These services time and time again have been accepted by those in no position to ‘have a go’, as the sales pitch runs. It was my privilege to serve on its board of directors for five years from 2007 to 2011. This was followed by five months, from November 2011 to March 2012, as interim CEO on a pro bono basis whilst a permanent CEO was found and appointed. During 10 years as a self-funded retiree prior to last November, it was my good fortune to undertake a variety of projects. My time at Caroline Chisholm was a highlight. I witnessed great work undertaken by counsellors, social workers and other supporters. I commend the Caroline Chisholm to the house. Ad multos annos.