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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 1 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 123..


The Assembly voted-

Ayes 8

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Mr Gentleman

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Death of Aveline Rubinshteyn

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (6.47): When people of note pass away in this community, we have special sessions at which we talk about them and remember them. But there are people who pass away who are important to some groups, but those groups are not considered of note and those people very frequently do not get remembered.

Today I just want to talk about somebody who I believe played a very important role in Canberra but I think it is very unlikely that anyone else will mention her here. Her name was Aveline Rubinshteyn and she died at St Vincent's in Melbourne at about 10.30 on 28 January earlier this year.

Aveline had an aneurism, went into a coma and though she had surgery she did not come out of that. I never actually met Aveline but I used to see her around the university. Part of her head was shaved and she had hair that stood up in peaks. I do not know what you call that, but she was certainly someone that you noticed.

To me she was a little bit scary, I have got to be quite honest. But she used to hang around similar places to me, which was in the arts faculty buildings. She was clearly doing stuff concerned with sexuality and gender. So when I got a note from people who work at 2XX that said this person has died and she was important to us, I was very interested to find out why she was important to them, and here is why.

Aveline moved to Canberra actually to study at the ANU, which must be why I saw her there. She was someone who stood out because she had plenty of tattoos and she had piercings. She also had a vibrant personality and outspoken ways. She is someone who got to university by dint of very hard work. She had to overcome her dyslexia. She did so and she thrived at university like a lot of mature age students do. This is


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