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MEMBERS STATEMENT – STATE PARLIAMENT THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER -CHANNEL 31

Posted on 19. Sep, 2014 by .

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The recent decision of federal Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull to kill the free-to-air Channel 31 community TV station and force it into online operation is tantamount to plunging a stake into the heart of multicultural Australia. For the members of many ethnic community groups, Channel 31 is the lifeline connecting them to their cultural […]

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MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Chinese Community Social Services Centre: achievements – Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012

Posted on 07. Dec, 2012 by .

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I rise to praise the community work of the Chinese Community Social Services Centre (CCSSC) and its volunteers. It is the largest non‑profit welfare service provider for the Chinese‑Australian community in Victoria. The operations of the CCSSC cover community settlement, carer support, mental health and a community partner program. Most importantly it runs a Chinese‑specific […]

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Victorian Parliament 2005

MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Hunan Association of Victoria: 10th anniversary – Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012

Posted on 22. Nov, 2012 by .

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On 28 October I attended the 10th anniversary celebration of the Hunan Association of Victoria. Over the past 10 years the Hunan Association has developed into an organisation of more than 200 active members in Victoria, and it is highly respected among members of the Victorian Chinese community here and overseas. Apart from delivering a range of social services […]

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CLASSIFICATION (PUBLICATIONS, FILMS AND COMPUTER GAMES) (ENFORCEMENT) AMENDMENT BILL 2012 – Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012

Posted on 22. Nov, 2012 by .

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I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2012. There are a number of provisions in this bill, but my contribution will deal with the introduction of a new R 18+ classification for computer games. The introduction of this classification is the result of an agreement made […]

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Victorian Parliament 2005

ADJOURNMENT – Rail: Clayton station – Thursday, 25 Oct 2012

Posted on 02. Nov, 2012 by .

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The matter I raise is for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport. I ask the minister to take urgent action to ensure that the rebuilding of the stand‑alone waiting building on the city side of Clayton railway station is completed as a matter of urgency. Last year the historic waiting area building outside […]

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ROAD MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT (PENINSULA LINK) BILL 2012 – Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012

Posted on 02. Nov, 2012 by .

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I am pleased to rise to speak on the Road Management Amendment (Peninsula Link) Bill 2012. This is a pretty straightforward bill which provides for the ongoing management of Peninsula Link. The bill appoints Southern Way Pty Ltd as manager of Peninsula Link for the next 25 years. Southern Way will be responsible for operational matters, […]

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MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Tamil Senior Citizens Fellowship Victoria: silver jubilee – Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012

Posted on 02. Nov, 2012 by .

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Last Sunday I attended the silver jubilee celebration of Tamil Senior Citizens Fellowship Victoria in the Springvale town hall. Over the past 25 years the fellowship has achieved significant milestones in the provision of welfare services to the Tamil community. It has connected with the wider community and hence has contributed significantly to harmony in our […]

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Victorian Parliament 2005

RETAIL LEASES AMENDMENT BILL 2012 – Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012

Posted on 18. Oct, 2012 by .

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I rise to speak in the debate on the Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2012. The bill makes a very modest amendment to the Retail Leases Act 2003. I suppose it allows the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business to claim she has been busy introducing legislation into the Parliament. Whether it will be the […]

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SERIOUS SEX OFFENDERS (DETENTION AND SUPERVISION) AMENDMENT BILL 2012 – Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012

Posted on 18. Oct, 2012 by .

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— I rise to speak on the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Amendment Bill 2012. This bill makes a number of amendments to the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009. I wish to comment specifically on two of these amendments. The first amendment is clause 9 of this bill, which amends section 180 of […]

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Victorian Parliament 2005

ADJOURNMENT – Clayton South stormwater project: bird control – Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012

Posted on 20. Sep, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — The matter I raise tonight is for the attention of the Minister for Water. The action I seek from him is that he visit the Clayton South stormwater harvesting and reuse project being undertaken by Melbourne Water and the City of Kingston to view it firsthand and to discuss the eradication of the […]

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Victorian Parliament 2005

MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Professor Kwong Lee Dow – Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012

Posted on 20. Sep, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to acknowledge the life’s work of Professor Kwong Lee Dow, who was born and educated in Melbourne. Much of his working life has been spent in the University of Melbourne, as professor of education since 1973, as dean of education for 20 years, then as deputy vice‑chancellor for 6 years and vice‑chancellor through […]

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RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES AND OTHER CONSUMER ACTS AMENDMENT BILL 2012 – Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012

Posted on 07. Sep, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to speak on the Residential Tenancies and Other Consumer Acts Amendment Bill 2012. As a member who spoke on the Residential Tenancies (Further Amendment) Bill 2005 in this house, I welcome the opportunity to revisit the issues facing tenants in residential parks. In the few minutes available to me I will […]

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Victorian Parliament 2005

MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Chinese Community Council of Australia: national conference – Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012

Posted on 07. Sep, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — The Chinese Community Council of Australia held its second national conference on 18 and 19 August at the Victoria University’s city campus in Melbourne. Senator Kate Lundy, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, officially opened the Moving On conference on behalf of the Prime Minister in the presence of a capacity audience of 200 attendees. There […]

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ADJOURNMENT – Namatjira Park, Clayton South: redevelopment – Thursday, 21 Jun 2012

Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — The matter I raise is for the attention of the Minister for Water. The action I seek is that the minister visit the Clayton South stormwater harvesting and reuse project being undertaken by Melbourne Water and the City of Kingston to view it and discuss the eradication of the thousands of seagulls that […]

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MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Jennifer Kanis – Thursday, 21 Jun 2012

Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — Last Friday evening I attended the Pop Up Chinatown Treats market in Heffernan Lane off Little Bourke Street with Labor’s candidate for the seat of Melbourne, Cr Jennifer Kanis, who greeted the crowds after work with dozens of her supporters. As the chair of the People and Creative City segment of the Future Melbourne […]

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Victorian Parliament 2005

FORESTS AMENDMENT BILL 2012 – Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012

Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to make my contribution to debate on the Forests Amendment Bill 2012. This government is quickly writing its own epitaph, an epitaph which will read, ‘This was a slash‑and‑burn government’. Whether it be in relation to the budget and jobs and vital programs such as in TAFE, whether it be in […]

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ADJOURNMENT – Rail: Pakenham and Cranbourne lines – Thursday, 7 Jun 2012

Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I wish to raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport. The specific action I seek is for him to provide to the house full details of the proposed Springvale rail crossing elimination project and future works planned along the Pakenham and Cranbourne rail lines over the life of […]

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MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Chinese Community Council of Australia: national conference – Thursday, 7 Jun 2012

Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — The Chinese Community Council of Australia will be holding its second national conference on 18 and 19 August at the Victoria University campus in Melbourne. The council is a not‑for‑profit, non‑political and non‑partisan organisation formed by leaders of the Chinese community from around Australia. It aims to be the leading advocacy body for the […]

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Victorian Parliament 2005

APPROPRIATION (2012/2013) BILL 2012 – Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012

Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to express my complete and utter frustration and disappointment with this year’s state budget. We all know that voters at the best of times maintain a sceptical view of politicians, but our constituents in general are quite willing to offer us a fair go, especially a first term government, which should […]

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MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Higher education: TAFE funding – Thursday, 24 May 2012

Posted on 31. May, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to lament the Baillieu government’s savage $290 million cuts to our TAFE system, which will cost 2000 jobs and hundreds of courses. The Victorian economy is going backwards under this government. We have a skills shortage and need to be providing more training opportunities. TAFE campuses in Victoria play an extremely important role […]

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ADJOURNMENT – Rail: Pakenham and Cranbourne lines – Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Posted on 31. May, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I raise a matter for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is that he provide additional train services for passengers on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines, commencing and terminating at Westall station during the morning and afternoon peak periods. In January 2010 I had the honour of turning the […]

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MONETARY UNITS AMENDMENT BILL 2012 – Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Posted on 31. May, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I was just amazed to hear the previous member’s contribution. You can see from his body language that he did not even believe what he was saying. He is very wimpish, and he knows he is wrong. I am just amazed; he used to be so boisterous and forthcoming, yet he has made […]

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Victorian Parliament 2005

ADJOURNMENT – Centre–Bakers roads, Oakleigh South: traffic lights – Thursday, 3 May 2012

Posted on 10. May, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I wish to raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Roads. The action I seek is that the minister kindly include in the VicRoads pedestrian crossing program my proposal for the installation of traffic lights on Centre Road at the corner of Bakers Road in Oakleigh South. Centre Road is […]

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PRIMARY INDUSTRIES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2012 – Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Posted on 10. May, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I note that there has been much excitement involving the previous speaker, but I can assure members that my contribution will be low key and that I will stick to the script. I wanted to say from the outset that there would not be too much excitement, because I know this bill is […]

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STATUTE LAW REPEALS BILL 2012 – Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Posted on 10. May, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I am pleased to rise to speak on the Statute Law Repeals Bill 2012. This is a technical and housekeeping bill. Its purpose is to repeal more than 19 redundant acts of the Victorian Parliament. These acts are redundant because, owing to the passage of time, they are no longer operational or, as in […]

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MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Monash Medical Centre: children’s centre – Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Posted on 10. May, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I am dismayed that in the budget papers today this government still has not committed the full amount of $250 million for the building of the Monash Children’s hospital at the Monash Medical Centre, as promised by them prior to the 2010 election. Mr Baillieu as opposition leader said at the time: We certainly make […]

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Members Statements – Chinese Seniors Healthy Ageing Expo 2012 – Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012

Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — Yesterday I attended the Chinese Seniors Healthy Ageing Expo 2012 in Noble Park, organised by the Chinese Community Social Services Centre, which is based in Box Hill. The expo provided Chinese seniors and their carers with accurate and up‑to‑date information on health and aged‑care services. Fifteen organisations participated in the expo, which attracted more […]

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HEALTH PROFESSIONS REGISTRATION (REPEAL) BILL 2012 – Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012

Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I am pleased to speak on the Health Professions Registration (Repeal) Bill 2012. This bill completes the transfer of the registration of various health professions from a state‑based system to one national system. Over the last few years I have spoken on a number of bills about health registration, and I welcome the […]

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ADJOURNMENT – Buses: Clayton South–Huntingdale service – Thursday, 29 Mar 2012

Posted on 05. Apr, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport. I request that the minister provide funding for a new bus route linking the Clayton South and Clarinda communities with Huntingdale and beyond in each direction. The minister will be aware that a series of bus reviews were conducted by […]

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ACCIDENT COMPENSATION AMENDMENT (REPAYMENTS AND DIVIDENDS) BILL 2012 – Thursday, 29 Mar 2012

Posted on 05. Apr, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to speak on the Accident Compensation Amendment (Repayments and Dividends) Bill 2012. I have been listening to the contributions to the debate from both sides but particularly from the government side of the house, and I have been here long enough to notice the difference. It is quite evident from the […]

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DISABILITY AMENDMENT BILL 2012 – Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012

Posted on 05. Apr, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to speak on the Disability Amendment Bill 2012. This bill makes mainly administrative amendments to the Disability Act 2006. That act was a landmark piece of legislation initiated by the previous Labor government. As well as replacing the Disability Services Act 1991 the disability act repealed the Intellectually Disabled Persons’ Services Act 1986. […]

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DRUGS, POISONS AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES AMENDMENT (SUPPLY BY MIDWIVES) BILL 2012 – Thursday, 15 Mar 2012

Posted on 26. Mar, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — Much has been said in this chamber about the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Supply by Midwives) Bill 2012, and I would like to bring the debate to the human level of my personal experience and as having two sisters in this category of the medical profession. They are both midwives who […]

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MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Clayton electorate: landfill sites – Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012

Posted on 26. Mar, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to speak on the continuing offensive odours emanating from landfill sites in Clayton South and Clarinda. In June last year I raised this matter in the chamber as a members statement to alert the house to this issue and as an adjournment matter for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, […]

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WILLS AMENDMENT (INTERNATIONAL WILLS) BILL 2011 – Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012

Posted on 26. Mar, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Wills Amendment (International Wills) Bill 2011, particularly as I represent the most multicultural electorate in this state. However it would be remiss of me not to bring to the chamber’s attention that it is some four months since the bill was introduced into the house, and […]

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MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Clarinda library: reopening – Thursday, 1 Mar 2012

Posted on 09. Mar, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — On Friday, 17 February, I had the pleasure of attending the City of Kingston’s official opening of the refurbishment of Clarinda library. I wish to thank the mayor, Cr John Ronke, and his fellow councillors for their invitation. This essential redevelopment of an additional 112 square metres will give residents of Clarinda, Clayton South, Oakleigh South […]

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ADJOURNMENT – Monash Medical Centre: funding – Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012

Posted on 08. Mar, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — The matter I raise is for the attention of the Minister for Health, and I raise it through the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, who is at the table. The matter concerns funding for Monash Medical Centre, including the Monash Children’s centre and the 45 hospital beds at Monash Medical Centre that were […]

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CONTROL OF WEAPONS AND FIREARMS ACTS AMENDMENT BILL 2011 – Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I heard the accusation thrown across the chamber about us being lazy, but I am just trying to come to grips with why it took 18 months for the government to come up with this bill. The government took 18 months, yet at the last minute we see it scrambling to come up with amendments. […]

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MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Indo China Ethnic Chinese Association of Victoria: 30th anniversary – Thursday, 9 Feb 2012

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to congratulate the Indo‑China Ethnic Chinese Association of Victoria on its 30‑year anniversary of serving its community. Over the 30 years this association has provided valuable services and has greatly contributed to the lives of newly arrived refugees and migrants from Indochina and other Chinese‑speaking regions. Providing settlement services during refugees’ and […]

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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AMENDMENT (FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER) BILL 2011

Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 by .

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Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to speak on the Freedom of Information Amendment (Freedom of Information Commissioner) Bill 2011. In little more than a year the Liberal Party has chalked up a litany of broken promises. They fall into three categories: firstly, promises it could never keep, such as implementing lock, stock and barrel the recommendations […]

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