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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3892..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

Canberra Capitals and Canberra Cannons are also expected to be honoured as the winners of national basketball competitions.

For Mr Stanhope's benefit, I can tell him that the previous government, right at the end, commissioned that honour walk. Only one plaque was put down prior to that government ceasing, and that was for the Raiders. Other plaques were due to finish, and in 2001-02 there was about $27,000 in the budget that was not expended. I took up the issue on a number of occasions.

After the Capitals won in February 2003, on 4 March 2003 I put a notice on the notice paper of this Assembly-it is still there-calling on the government to commemorate the achievements and contributions made by the Cannons, Capitals, and Brumbies by means of honour plaques laid on London Circuit similar to the honour plaque already laid to commemorate the contribution made by the Canberra Raiders. Nothing happened.

In May this year I was listening to the Tim Gable show on a Saturday morning. Lo and behold, Ted Quinlan was saying in response to someone's comment, "What a good idea, we will do that. We should do that". I rang up at the time and said I am sorry, there has been a motion there for 14 months calling on the government to do it. There has been money in budgets for them to do something. Now, after nearly three years, finally it looks like something is going to be done. That was a very inaccurate statement by the Chief Minister, and I just draw that to his attention. I do not mind the argy-bargy in this place, but it is nice for people to occasionally get the facts right. Finally, on a pleasant note, I just offer my personal congratulations to two splendid athletes who have been in the ACT for many years, Petria Thomas and Craig Jones.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.30 pm.


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