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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (18 September) . . Page.. 3423..


The young business woman of the year was awarded to Claire Naidu from Claire Naidu & Co Lawyers. Claire is an accredited family law specialist with a master of laws majoring in dispute resolution. She completed a bachelor of commerce and bachelor of laws at the Australian National University and has also received accreditation in mediation through Bond University.

The young business woman of the year highly commended was awarded to Stacy Cave who is the manager of the Griffin Legal's mortgage settlement practice.

The best new business award went to Karen Murphy for her local lending business, Resi Canberra Southern. Karen set up Resi Canberra Southern to ensure there was a lending service where you could receive good old-fashioned customer service.

The best new business highly commended was awarded to Samantha Gibbs of the Landlords Club, a business which is created for property investors and the management of their rental properties. Sam provides her clients with exceptional service and has been successful as a result of her thorough knowledge of tenancy legislation and always making sure she is looking out for her clients.

Karen Coe of Ray White Canberra was awarded the outstanding community spirit award. Karen is the manager of corporate services for the Ray White Canberra group. She has a diploma in interior design and is studying to complete her bachelor of business and professional communication.

Fiona Allardyce of Hamper Art was awarded the highly commended in the community spirit award. Fiona owns and runs Hamper Art in Canberra, a business that creates luxury hampers. They are designed with an artistic look with each hamper having a personal touch. Fiona is a working mother and enjoys being creative and experimenting with new ideas.

All of these women are very deserving of their awards. Running a business, especially in Canberra, is always a big task. These women are stars in their chosen field and deserve to be congratulated for their dedication and hard work to our private sector in the ACT. Congratulations to all the winners, as well as all nominees. They too must have been doing an exceptional job just to be nominated. Congratulations also to the ACT Chamber of Women in Business for organising these awards.

Vietnam veterans

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (6.34): I rise tonight to talk about an event I attended on 20 August, where I was privileged to be able to represent the Chief Minister at the unveiling of the Iroquois rotor blades and the dedication of a plaque commemorating all who have paid the supreme sacrifice serving Australia in the Vietnam War. The ceremony in Page provided an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by service men and women of Australia. It was followed by a wonderful lunch that enabled us to hear stories from the vets and the support the association provides for vets and their families in Canberra.


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