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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . .

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Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion by Mr Barr proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Ms Tara Costigan

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.24): Many of us are now familiar with the name Tara Costigan, a young woman who died in tragic circumstances recently. But there was much more to Tara Costigan than what you may have read in the paper. Tara was a mother, daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, aunt, sister, friend and colleague to many. Some of her family members are here with us today to hear this tribute to Tara's life.

Tara's most important role was as mother to two boys, Rhiley and Drew, and to a baby girl, Ayla, just a week old at the time of Tara's death. Her son Rhiley said she was the best mum in the world. Tara loved to have fun with her kids and worked hard to send them to a private school and give them whatever they needed.

In childhood Tara displayed a tendency to lead with her head, which meant stitches and the nickname "Turkey". Her own father died when she was young, but Tara had a large extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who stepped in and who remained close.

Tara loved the Balmain Tigers, her cats and her dog. She loved the colour blue and dolphins. She worked in child care as a swimming instructor—and, more recently, in aged care, which she enjoyed immensely and those in her care benefited from.

Tara Costigan was fun loving, warm and caring. Tara was loved and will be remembered by her children, grandmother, uncles, aunts, sister, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.

Tara Costigan died a day after seeking and gaining an interim domestic violence order against the man now charged with her murder. She was just 28 years old. Her sister and brother-in-law were also injured in the attack.

Tara Costigan was a mother, daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, aunt, sister, friend and colleague. She has become symbolic of any mother, daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, aunt, sister, friend or colleague of any of us, in that she has, terribly, recently become the public face here in Canberra of the terrible toll that domestic and family violence takes on our community. I have been very saddened to

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