Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 198 ..
MS TUCKER (continuing):
"women have always been there and still are"-and I don't really need to add to that. Also included are great women's history links and women's history projects, such as the Western Australian Banner Project-1999 Special Project, involving a banner to celebrate the victory that achieved suffrage for women 100 years before. This project reminded us to celebrate victories and make sure that women know what this group in WA has done to celebrate connectedness.
There is also a section called "what you can do", which is so important. It suggests that we help put women back into history, saying email your contributions, find a biography on the web and send it, or find a significant date-especially a day date-and send it. If it interests you, it will interest others-send it. One great link suggests that users visit the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame.
Vision, inspiration, making connections and building knowledge: these are only a small part of the work to which Helen contributed. She also contributed the intangibles: the connections, the inspirations, the laughs, the strategies, the shared lessons, and the love and friendship that are far-reaching legacies.
I would like to quote two of the women who left their tribute to Helen in a condolence book on the Women's Electoral Lobby web site. Robyn Henderson, of the New South Wales Department for Women, wrote:
Friday was a terrible day for the women of Australia and in the Department for Women we were particularly sad because Carolyn, Helen's daughter, was at work when she heard of her mother's death. Yet, it did not take long for the Helen photos to be put on the table and for the Helen stories to be shared. Everyone had a different tale of how Helen had helped them, mentored them, driven them mad with her persistence and, above all, had been kind and generous to them. While we will miss her great smile and ideas we are blessed with her legacy and are committed to carry it forward in her memory.
Another, Mythiley Iyer, from Brisbane, wrote,
If there is a place where all people who leave this life go, then all I can say to men in there is, "I'd be enjoying any vestiges of male privilege, because boys, it is over."
Thanks, Helen, for all the fun. On behalf of the Greens, my office, and myself, thank you, Helen, for your enormous but too short life. We will miss you. Sincere condolences and sympathy to Judy Harrison, Helen's partner, to Helen's children, and to her extended family and many friends.
Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.
Standing orders-proposed select committee
MR CORNWELL (10.57): I move:
That, notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 217:
(1) a Select Committee of three Members be established to review Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly of the ACT;
(2) the Committee report to the Assembly by the last sitting day in June 2002.