LEGO surf rescue project - Sept 11, 2017

12 September, 2017

Mr BROADBENT (McMillan) (17:53):  I wasn't going to speak on this motion regarding the melanoma and LEGO surf rescue project, but congratulations to the member for Greenway and a thankyou to the member for Kingsford Smith for drawing this to our attention. What a fantastic, amazing story. I hate melanoma, for good reason. These scars on my face don't come naturally. And I love LEGO. I hate melanoma; I love LEGO. This is one of the best stories. You should be getting a double-page spread in The Herald Sun on this issue on what Damien and Aiden MacRae have done.

I think the biggest thing in one of our households at the moment is PAW Patrol. Everything happens around PAW Patrol.

Now, we're just moving into that place of LEGO. I'm told the LEGO I have in my household, which we've had for more than 40 years, is now retro, which I was very disappointed about—it happened very quickly. My twin boys are nearly 40 and we still have the LEGO, we still have the train sets and we still have all the bits and pieces that go with it.

This innovation is probably one of the best stories I've heard in all the times since 1990 I've been in and out of this parliament. It's just a fantastic story. No-one can get the message. I still like being out in the sun without a hat on. I don't like hats. I'm of a generation that didn't like hats, yet my father was of the generation where they didn't go anywhere without a hat. The whole generation wore hats. They wore hats to the races. I went to the races with a hat on. It was a hot, sunny day and I was glad I had the hat. The photo went in the local paper and they said, 'Lose the hat. You look like a goose.' I thought it looked pretty good, actually. The trouble is that the message is not there. This is one of the most treasured ways I've ever heard. Congratulations Damien and Aiden MacRae and all who have been part of this project. What an amazing project. I hope you get really good coverage from this. I'd like to think I could support you in some way. But what a fantastic story. With a lot of the things we do in this place, you often wonder what your grandkids will say in 15 or 20 years' time and they ask, 'Pop, you were in parliament then. What did you say about the issue? What did you do about the issue?' For both members, the member for Greenway and the member for Kingsford Smith, it is a great story you are telling. I wish every story told in this parliament was like the one you've told today. I congratulate you both.

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