Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (09:45): In this role we get to meet some pretty interesting people.
I recently attended an Enterprise Ireland St Patrick’s Day lunch and learned about the collaboration, expertise and relationships this organisation is building between Australian businesses and Irish businesses, like iCabbi software, which is currently being rolled out in Australia for the taxi industry. These international connections give us great advantage and access to innovation and new ideas. This group recently launched an office here in Melbourne to continue building these relationships.
I also attended a network celebration for Network Kokoda. Great challenges bring out the best in us, and this group is an example of just how great our best can be. The projects of the group honour the legacy of the Papua New Guineans and the World War II Kokoda veterans alike, raising funds to take young people to PNG to walk the Kokoda Trail and to learn and remember the history of this great moment in Australia’s military history. But they do so much more, supporting and improving the lives of the villages along the trail—an ongoing show of gratitude for the kindness shown to our soldiers so long ago. Cooperation and kindness—these are the themes of these two groups, and I congratulate them and wish them well in their future endeavours.