Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 4295..
That Mr Smyth's motion be agreed to.
The Assembly voted-
Ayes, 8 Noes, 9 Mr Cornwell Mr Smyth Mr Berry Ms MacDonald Ms Dundas Mr Stefaniak Mr Corbell Mr Quinlan Mrs Dunne Ms Tucker Mrs Cross Mr Stanhope Mr Humphries Ms Gallagher Mr Wood Mr Pratt Mr HargreavesQuestion so resolved in the negative.
Sitting suspended from 6.00 to 7.30 pm.
Public Place Names Amendment Bill 2002
Debate resumed from 20 November 2002, on motion by Ms Dundas:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations) (7.30): The government will not be supporting Ms Dundas' Public Place Names Amendment Bill 2002.
The Public Place Names Act 1989 is inclusive of all persons worthy of nomination-not exclusive. The minister of the day is asked to have regard to persons who have made notable contributions to Australia in various fields of expertise. This, of course, includes Australian women.
Suburbs of Canberra yet to be developed carry themes that include community service, public service and nursing. I think all members would agree that women will be well represented in these themes.
The issue raised by Ms Dundas is nevertheless an important one, and to this end I am pleased to advise the Assembly that Dr Jaki Troy has agreed to take on a research project, mentioned in the last sitting of the Assembly. This project is aimed at identifying a bank of Australian women in industry for future commemoration. Dr Troy is a prominent anthropologist, linguist and historian.
The government accepts that it is important that young girls learn how women have contributed to shaping Australia into the progressive country we seek to enjoy today. ACT Place Names and the ACT Place Names Committee, which advises me on place names issues, take their role very seriously. They endeavour to ensure that a range of people are included in the naming procedure. They are also aware that these names