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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 17 November 2011) . . Page.. 5618 ..


Canberra United Football Club

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (6.35): As shadow minister for sport, I take great delight in being able to see some of our junior and senior sporting teams in action each weekend. Last weekend, after visiting the Megalo printers open day, as Mrs Dunne has already spoken about, it was my pleasure to attend the Canberra United soccer match at McKellar oval.

Last Saturday’s match saw Canberra United moving five points clear at the top of the Westfield Women’s League after narrowly defeating Melbourne Victory 2-1, thanks to goals from Ashleigh Sykes and Taryn Hemmings. United led 2-0 at the half-time break and survived a late Melbourne Victory surge to retain their lead at the top of the Westfield Women’s League competition with their fourth consecutive match in a row under former Czech Republic national player, Jitka Klimkova.

This weekend Canberra United play host to the Newcastle Jets at McKellar oval. I invite all of my colleagues here in the Assembly and the Canberra community to come and support this team that is doing wonders for women’s sport in Canberra on the national scene at the moment.

The team is made up of Lydia Williams, Caitlin Cooper, Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Christine Walters, Kahlia Hogg, Caitlin Munoz, Ellie Brush, Haley Raso, Grace Gill, Snez Veljanovska, Michelle Heyman, Sally Rojahn, Nicole Sykes, Ashleigh Sykes, Sally Shipard, Ellyse Perry, Taryn Hemmings, Jennifer Bisset and Aroon Clansey. I wish the team and the coach all the best for this weekend’s match—Canberra United against Newcastle Jets at McKellar oval.

Royal Australian Regiment Foundation

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (6.37): I rise tonight to talk about the Royal Australian Regiment Foundation and mention a dinner that I attended with members of the foundation on 27 October. The Royal Australian Regiment Foundation was established by the then Colonel Commandant of the regiment, Major General Alby Morrison, in 1991. He is a legend of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and the Royal Australian Regiment. And it is notable that his son, David, is now the Chief of Army. I would also like to pay my respects to his widow, Margaret Morrison. Alby Morrison recognised that the regiment was lacking a supporting structure that could work for the betterment of the regiment and consequently the Australian Army, of which the Royal Australian Regiment forms a major part.

The foundation is a charitable body, and all ranks from general to private soldier who have had the honour of serving in the regiment in peace or in war are eligible to subscribe. The foundation was incorporated under the requirements of the Australian Securities Commission in 1992 and had a number of objectives, which included the making of loans or grants to the regiment or to a battalion of the regiment, securing funding or supplementary funding for amenities, recreation and comforts for the regiment, making, under certain conditions, welfare grants to the widows of members of the regiment who have died while on military service in peace or war or to the


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