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In the final sitting week at Parliament House before the budget you get when you haven’t really got the one before it, the place was buzzing with events, happenings, launches, school groups and ordinary people.
Among those, with a luncheon launch, was the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minster Warren Truss of the patrons for the Engineers Australia campaign to fund and build the Freefall installation in the Engineers Australia Freefall Pin Oak Forest at the National Arboretum. One will be Professor Brian Schmidt, 2011 Nobel Prize Winner, who joined the announcement via video and the other Dr Chris Roberts, CEO and President of Cochlear Implants Ltd. Two inspiring Australians, one who knows about our expanding universe and the other who knows all about the magnificent invention that is the cochlear implant and basis for the design of the Freefall installation by Rod Bligh of Queensland engineering firm Bligh Tanner.
Another small but significant gesture by Engineers Australia was to present two certificates for both houses of parliament acknowledging past and present parliamentarians who began their careers as engineers, who will join the engineers list in the forest. And among them the current member/engineers Senator Dio Wang (aka Zhenya Wang of PUP) and Keith Pitt who attended the event, and Karen Andrews who was unable to attend.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss made sure the following day that these three engineers could be together for the appropriate photo opportunity in his office.