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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 12 Hansard (14 November) . . Page.. 3666 ..

Mr Hargreaves: An appalling team as well.

MR STEFANIAK: It is a very good club, Mr Hargreaves, but it was indicative of the time. Someone must have written that in the late sixties, and it stayed with the club to the mid seventies. It was indicative that Resch's was the most popular beer in Canberra. I mentioned that that was one of the ones taken out of this list. I suppose it could be included in the next list because it was the most popular beer in Canberra at the time, and there is that connection with the territory.

Well done, Ms Dundas. I think some of the names there are just so appropriate. As an old Canberran, I am delighted to see them there. Congratulations.

MS DUNDAS (3.51), in reply: I thank the Assembly for their wholehearted support for this motion. It is an important step in ensuring that women's place in history is recognised here in the ACT. As I said in my opening speech, I thank the minister and the government for their support in the development of this amendment.

However, my recollection of events is a bit different to the minister's. I am glad to think that my original disallowance motion bringing this issue to the attention of the government sparked them into action. Hopefully, they will get it right first next time, as opposed to having this debate again.

I will point out that Women did exist as part of history; they have been around as long as time itself. After some simple research, as was mentioned, even here in the Assembly library, I was able to find a list of women who contributed wholeheartedly to the development of Canberra and to the development of this nation whose names are worthy for recognition in our streets. Simple research can provide a wealth of information.

I will acknowledge that this is not groundbreaking; there are streets named after women here in the ACT. Indeed, I live in the suburb of Cook, where the majority of streets are named after women who have contributed to the building of this nation. We have the suburbs of Chisholm, Melba, Richardson and Isabella Plains, which are named after women who contributed to Australia.

We have a few suburbs left to name in this great city of the ACT, and a few streets within those suburbs to be named. I hope that we can take what we have discussed today and move forward to recognise that we all-men and women, from different backgrounds-have contributed a lot to the building of this nation and this territory and that we are equally deserving of recognition.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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