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October 2017

FLPN Members Meeting – eSafety Workshop on Young People and Technology

October 31, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Alice Springs Hospital, Room 1 Liebig Building, Alice Springs Hospital, Room 1 Liebig Building
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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An eSafety expert from the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner will be delivering a free workshop on how you can help keep young people safe online.  From this workshop, you will learn how young people are using social media and technology, making complaints about child cyberbullying and how the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner can help remove serious cyberbullying material. Opportunity for brief agency updates following presentation. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  A light lunch…

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November 2017

CLE – Responding to the impact of separation, inter-parental conflict and family and domestic violence can have on children and parents: a discussion on ANROW’s research papers and services available in Alice Springs

November 14, 2017 @ 2:30 am - 3:30 am
Meeting Room- Relationships Australia, Alice Springs Hospital, Room 1 Liebig Building
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Community Legal Education session with Judge Young.  ANROWS has published two research papers on the impact inter-parental conflict and family and domestic violence can have on parents, their parenting behaviours and children's development and wellbeing.  Key findings from the research will be discussed in the context of family law. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  Refreshments are provided.  Please specify any dietary requirements.  To attend, please RSVP by Friday 10th November by emailing the FLPN Project Officer or by phone)

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December 2017

FLPN Members Meeting – Support and Resources for Separated Families over Christmas period.

December 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Meeting Room- Relationships Australia, Alice Springs Hospital, Room 1 Liebig Building
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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This FLPN members meeting will include a snapshot on services that can support families through the Christmas period, tips to help separated families and an overview of resources you can provide to the families you work with. Opportunity for brief agency updates following presentation. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  Morning tea is provided.  Please specify any dietary requirements.  To attend, please RSVP by Tuesday 5th December by emailing the FLPN Project Officer or by phone)

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February 2018

FLPN Members Meeting- Having a look at Trauma

February 15, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Doug Dunlop (Senior Counsellor at Relationships Australia) will be presenting on trauma.  The presentation will include: Understanding Acute Stress and Complex Trauma A basic understanding of the neurobiology of complex trauma Understanding what happens in the psyche Working with and supporting traumatised clients Opportunity for brief agency updates following presentation. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  A light lunch is provided.  Please specify any dietary requirements.  To attend, please RSVP by Tuesday 13th February by emailing the FLPN Project Officer or…

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Community Legal Education Session- The care of very young children in separated families; a framework for parenting decisions

February 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Community Legal Education (CLE) session with Judge Young.  Care arrangements for very young children, in separated families, has been a topical issue for some time.  In 2014, Jennifer McIntosh, Marsha Pruett and Joan Kelly developed a "Framework for supporting overnight care decisions for young children of separated parents".  This CLE will involve a discussion on points from the framework, considerations the Federal Circuit Court give to the developmental needs of very young children when deciding upon care arrangements, use of the "Charting Overnight…

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April 2018

FLPN Members Meeting- Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Families in Alice Springs

April 5, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Marguerite Baptiste-Rooke (Manager Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia) will be presenting on: Demographics of the CALD community in Alice Springs Services that the Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia provide Facilitated discussion.  Includes the opportunity for questions and answers on how to work with and support CALD families.   Opportunity for brief agency updates following presentation. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  A light lunch is provided.  Please specify any dietary requirements.  To attend, please RSVP by Tuesday 3rd April by…

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June 2018

FLPN Members Meeting- Discussion Panel on Domestic Violence Orders

June 14, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Representatives from Domestic Violence and Family Violence Services, Police and Legal Services will be involved in a panel discussion on domestic violence orders on: Application processes for Domestic Violence Orders Referral pathways for people experiencing domestic and family violence Opportunity for general discussion on this topic Opportunity for brief agency updates following presentation. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  A light lunch is provided.  Please specify any dietary requirements.  To attend, please RSVP by Tuesday 12th June by emailing…

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July 2018

Working with Families in Legal Settings: a Developmental Perspective

July 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

This workshop is about Do you work in the legal and community service sector with families experiencing separation? Would you like to know more about care arrangements that are developmentally friendly and supportive for children? If yes, come and hear about: Child Development: Ages, stages, brain development and trauma, how children react to parental separation at various stages of child development. What considerations have to be made for court, counselling and for effective support. Attachment and temperament: Attachment and temperament–…

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Community Legal Education Session- Discussion on opportunities for collaboration in supporting Aboriginal Families through the Federal Circuit Court

July 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Community Legal Education (CLE) session with Judge Young.  There has been the establishment of an Indigenous Court list within the Federal Circuit Court of Australia by Former Judge Sexton (NSW) and Judge Kelly (Adelaide). This CLE is an opportunity for organisations to have a collaborative discussion on: What are the needs of Indigenous families going through the Federal Circuit Court What services currently support Indigenous families experiencing separation How could an Indigenous Court list work in Alice Springs and what…

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August 2018

FLPN Members Meeting- International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention

August 30, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Rebecca Chapman (Managing Lawyer, Legal Service, International Social Services) will be presenting on: What services International Social Services (ISS) provide Risk factors for international abduction ISS role in cases where there is international child abduction Hague Convention Opportunity for brief agency updates following presentation. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  A light lunch is provided.  Please specify any dietary requirements.  To attend, please RSVP by Tuesday 28th August by registering below).

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September 2018

Trauma Informed Practice with Families

September 18, 2018 - September 19, 2018
Mecure Alice Springs Resort, 34 Stott Terrace
Alice Springs, N Australia
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The Alice Springs FLPN and Sexual Assault Referral Centre are pleased to host a two day workshop, presented by Pauline Lodge and Glenda Kickett from the Australian Childhood Foundation. As professionals in the legal and community service sector continue to enhance their understanding of neurobiology, trauma and the range of modalities that stem from this knowledge, the question often posed is, “How do I put this knowledge into practice with children and families?” This two day workshop will provide a…

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October 2018

FLPN Members Meeting- Supporting Families Through Separation

October 18, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Free

When parents separate, there are several options for them to discuss and decide children's care arrangements, parenting decisions and their children's wellbeing.  This presentation is to help professionals understand the different pathways that are available to families experiencing separation in Alice Springs.  It will include information on: Overview of key Family Law principles and terms. What a private family agreement is. Referral and information on the processes for Family Law Conferencing (NT Legal Aid Commission) and Family Dispute Resolution (Relationships Australia). Child…

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November 2018

Community Legal Education Session- Indigenous List

November 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Free

The Community Legal Education (CLE) session with Judge Young, is to enable further discussion and information sharing regarding the Indigenous List for the Federal Circuit Court in Alice Springs.  The session will include: Update on the model for the Indigenous List. Review and feedback from the Indigenous List that occurred on 12th November. Any other considerations for the pilot. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  Refreshments are provided.  Please specify any dietary requirements.  To attend, please register below by Friday 9th November.)

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December 2018

FLPN Members Meeting- Network Meeting

December 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Free

To celebrate the end of the year, there will be a Christmas Family Law Pathways Network Members Meeting.  This will provide the opportunity for agency updates on services during the Christmas period.  The updated FLPN Christmas and Separated Families Tips, Resources and Service Information sheet will also be available. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  Morning tea is provided.  Please specify any dietary requirements.  To attend, please RSVP below, by Monday 3rd December.)

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February 2019

FLPN Members Meeting – Shapshot on Emerging Minds; who they are and what they do

February 21, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Free

Emerging Minds is the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health.  Emerging Minds provides help to professionals to connect better with mental health support and approaches for infants, children and families.  They will be coming to Alice Springs for the FLPN Members Meeting and would like to meet with professionals to explain: What Emerging Minds is Training and resources they offer for professionals Practice support for professionals How professionals can get involved with Emerging Minds (Please note this event is for…

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March 2019

Community Legal Education Session – Parenting support and parenting programs in Alice Springs

March 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
Free

The Community Legal Education Session will include short presentations by several organisations in Alice Springs that provide parenting support, parenting programs and relationship education courses. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  Refreshments to be provided.  Please specify any dietary requirements.  To attend, please RSVP below, by Monday 25nd March.)

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May 2019

FLPN Members Meeting – National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

May 2, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Free

The presentation will include the following information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): What is NDIS, including different streams for disability and psychosocial disability. If parents of a child who have a disability separate, what is the process. If a parent has a disability, and they separate, what is the process (including if they need support when caring for their child/children). Services that can support families through NDIS. Opportunity for questions. (Please note this event is for FLPN members.  A…

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Understanding Separation within Same-Sex Parented Families

May 24, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Do you work in the legal and community service sector with families experiencing separation?  Would you like to know more about separation within same-sex parented families?  If yes, come and hear Dr Luke Gahan speak about: Understanding Same-Sex Parented Families: -Common terms -Myths -Same-Sex Divorce Trends -Research on Same-Sex parents from abroad Changing Social and Legal Realities: -2011 and 2016 Census figures -Data on social change in acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender in Australia. -Polyamory/ Poly-Parenting -Legal changes…

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June 2019

FLPN Members Meeting – Service snapshots for National Redress Scheme and Sexual Assault Referral Centre

June 13, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Free

Come and hear Karen Spitz (Redress Scheme Case Worker) and Christa Bartjen-Westermann (Manager of Sexual Assault Referral Centre) provide overviews of their services.  This includes: The National Redress Scheme is in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.  Information will be provided on the background and how the National Redress Scheme operates. Also, the process for people accessing the scheme such as eligibility, application processes, timeframes, support and referral options. The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)…

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July 2019

Community Legal Education Session – What are the changes to the Family Law Act on Family Violence and Cross-examination

July 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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There have been some significant changes to the Family Law Act regarding cross examination in cases where there are allegations of domestic violence.  Annelise Hey (Lawyer, NT Legal Aid Commission) will be presenting on: Changes to the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018.  What are these changes and what does it mean for families going through the Federal Circuit Court who have experienced domestic violence. What is the Commonwealth Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parities…

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August 2019

FLPN Members Meeting – What is the Child Friendly Alice Community Profile (Cancelled)

August 8, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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This is a combined Alice Springs Network Group and Family Law Pathways Network Members meeting. Have you ever been looking for current and detailed information and data on issues that are important for children, young people and families in Alice Springs? Sarah Brittle (Child Friendly Alice) will be presenting on the Child Friendly Alice Community Profile.  The Profile paints a picture using public data and the voices of people living in Alice Springs.  The presentation will include: What is the…

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FLPN Members Meeting- What is the Child Friendly Alice Community Profile

August 22, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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This is a combined Alice Springs Network Group and Family Law Pathways Network Members meeting. Have you ever been looking for current and detailed information and data on issues that are important for children, young people and families in Alice Springs? Sarah Brittle (Child Friendly Alice) will be presenting on the Child Friendly Alice Community Profile.  The Profile paints a picture using public data and the voices of people living in Alice Springs.  The presentation will include: What is the…

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October 2019

FLPN Members Meeting – Post separation property settlement: What does it mean and what is involved

October 17, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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When a couple separates, they may need to make arrangements to formally divide their property (assets and debts).  Michelle Alleman (Central Australian Women's Legal Service) will be presenting on: What is a property settlement What are the steps in working out an appropriate division of property What are the time limits for commencing proceedings in the Family Law Court for a property settlement How to make a property settlement legally binding Spousal maintenance Following this presentation, staff from the Family…

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November 2019

Community Legal Education Session – How to talk about parenting

November 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Free

Have you ever wondered how you can be more effective in talking about parenting.  During separation and other life experiences, it is important for parents to have support whether that is friends, family and/or professional support.  Lesley Taylor (NT Manager, NAPCAN) will provide information on: How to use metaphors to talk about parenting and parenting support. Overview of the research undertaken by Fameworks Institute which was commissioned by the Parenting Research Centre. Practical tips on the phrases/words to use and…

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Complex Trauma and High-Risk Behaviour in Youth: A Therapeutic Response

November 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, 82 Barrett Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Come Hear About: How to support young people with a history of relational trauma or attachment disruption, particularly those who are engaging in alcohol, drug-use, or self-harming as a tool to self-regulate. This training aims to simplify contemporary research, and through integration with practice wisdom, provide real hands-on strategies for supporting a young person’s recovery and development. During the workshop, Trent Savill from Complex Care will cover: Neurobiology of trauma Human response to threat The Triune Brain Understanding attachment and…

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December 2019

FLPN Members Meeting – What is Domestic and Family Violence Work Aware?

December 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Claire Pirrett, Senior Industrial Liaison Officer at the NT Working Women's Centre will be presenting on the Domestic and Family Violence Work Aware Program.  This program has been developed to raise awareness and promote best practice responses to issues of domestic and family violence in the workplace. The presentation will include: Why is domestic and family violence a workplace issue? What are employees who are experiencing domestic and family violence entitled to? What are employees of the NT Government who…

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February 2020

Reframeing Parenting Workshop

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mecure Alice Springs Resort, 34 Stott Terrace
Alice Springs, N Australia
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Would you like to learn new strategies that can help change how we think and talk about parenting? Improving children’s outcomes means supporting parents.  We know how much parenting matters.  Research conducted by the Frameworks Institute, commissioned by the Parenting Research Centre, uncovered some common beliefs about parenting in Australia.  This research provided some powerful new strategies that can help change the conversations and be heard and understood by a wide audience.   What will this workshop include? This workshop…

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FLPN Members Meeting- An Overview of Mental Health Services in Alice Springs

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Would you like to know about the different Mental Health services in Alice Springs?  If yes, come to the FLPN Members Meetings to hear information on what services are available and referral pathways for people who may be experiencing mental health problems.  There will be presentations from such services as Mental Health Association of Central Australia, Child and Youth Mental Health Team, Mental Health Central Australia Health Service, Mission Australia and Mental Illness Fellowship Australia Northern Territory.  There will also…

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March 2020

Building a Positive Workplace Culture and Foundations of Emotional Resilience (Cancelled)

March 24 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mecure Alice Springs Resort, 34 Stott Terrace
Alice Springs, N Australia
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Please note the workshop has been cancelled due to current advice regarding gatherings and as a precautionary measure in regards to the Coronavirus.  Your understanding in this unprecedented situation is appreciated.   About this workshop The health of an organisation and the health of its workforce are closely linked. Organisations and its employees can only prosper and be successful when both are healthy. This interactive workshop, will provide practical information and tools on how to create a positive workplace culture…

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CLE with Judge Young – Cancelled

March 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Relationships Australia Training Room, 5/11 Railway Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Please note the CLE with Judge Young has been cancelled due to current advice regarding gatherings and as a precautionary measure in regards to the Coronavirus.  Your understanding in this unprecedented situation is appreciated. A recent meta analysis into the long term effects of parental divorce (Long-term effects of parental divorce on mental health- A meta analysis by Auersperg, Vlasak, Ponocny and Barth), has shown children’s whose parents are divorced have higher risk of developing mental health conditions.  Judge Young…

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