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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2010) . . Page.. 9 ..


would be listed to be an “Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of the said most Excellent Order” for her services as national president of the Australia-Britain Society.

In 2001 she received the Centenary Medal for service to the Australia-Britain Society, the National Australia Day Council and the Red Cross. In 2006, she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the community through support for arts, heritage, social welfare and youth organisations, for encouraging national pride and identity and for strengthening Anglo-Australian relations.

Whilst I did not know her well, I did have the pleasure of meeting her on a number of occasions. When I first joined the party about 10 years ago, I was promptly informed that Mrs Turbayne was someone who was worth getting to know. As a younger person in the Liberal Party, I and others would look up to people like Mrs Turbayne as an example of what can be achieved through dedicated service. I, too, extend my condolences to her family and friends.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I would like to join my colleagues in expressing condolence at the passing of Marjorie Turbayne AO, MBE. All of us present today have heard about Mrs Turbayne’s sterling qualities, her long life and her service to her community, especially to her adopted country, the home of her husband and her children. The Chief Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and all my colleagues, as well as Ms Hunter, have dwelt on the extraordinary accomplishments of this great lady who lived so long and served so sterlingly the people of Canberra.

I, too, wish to pay tribute to Mrs Turbayne, a lady in all senses of the word. Her poise, as Mr Smyth has said, is renowned. Anyone who was extended the hospitality of Mrs Turbayne, especially at Australia Day lunches, knows of her poise. She has been an inspiration to many of us in the Canberra Liberals and in the wider community for her service, her sticking up for the role of women in society and doing so in a way that was not ever overtly pushy but always determined.

I pay tribute to Mrs Turbayne’s family, David, Jane and Judith. I acknowledge David and Judith in the gallery today. I pass on to all of Mrs Turbayne’s family, friends and colleagues the condolences of this place.

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella): Marjorie Turbayne AO, MBE will be remembered for her countless community activities, and other members this morning have mentioned some of them, including the National Australia Day Council and the Australia-Britain Society, amongst many others. Marjorie was appointed to the rank of Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the community through support for arts, heritage, social welfare and youth organisations, for encouraging national pride and identity and for strengthening Anglo-Australian relations. This, I think, sums up her career very well.

I would like to focus on her contribution to the great political party I represent in this Assembly. In addition to her other community activities, Marjorie Turbayne was a long-serving and utterly invaluable member of the Liberal Party. Marjorie loved the party and everything it stands for. Marjorie actively assisted the party with its


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