Page 899 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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I also wanted to put on the record here that I nominated Tu Pham for the Canberra Citizen of the Year this year. There was obviously an extremely worthy winner in Maureen Cane but I have to say that I think Tu Pham would have been equally able to receive this award of Canberra Citizen of the Year.

I put her forward for the award because, as members have outlined today, Tu Pham’s contribution has not just come through her role as Auditor-General and the contribution she has made to the community through that work. As Ms Gallagher outlined, Tu Pham has been involved with a number of other community organisations. She has also been involved with a number of boards. I think that contribution to the community has been absolutely outstanding.

As all speakers have also outlined today, Tu Pham’s example to all women is one that is outstanding and is an absolute inspiration to all women from all backgrounds. Tu Pham is someone I greatly admire personally and will continue to admire. We always get asked that question as women: “Who are women that you admire and that you look up to?” Tu Pham is one of those women who I always add to that list.

I think she has been someone who I have learnt a lot from just from my involvement with her and her example to women. As we know, as women we are often reluctant to push ourselves forward for whatever reason that is. One of the things that really stuck with me that Tu Pham said when she spoke at a YWCA breakfast was, “Whenever I got asked to take on something I just said yes.” I think that it is a really wonderful thing to remember. When we do get asked to do something, as women we should put ourselves forward and do it because we can do it. I think that Tu Pham is just an outstanding and shining example of that and the contributions which women can make to the community.

I, like everyone, would like to wish Tu Pham and her husband all the very best, including on their travels which they plan to do. I did see Tu Pham at the Multicultural Festival. She had a bundle of brochures there on all the places she was about to visit. I think it is wonderful that they will be doing that.

I also look forward to seeing Tu Pham in my Bollywood dancing classes. Tu Pham has said that she is interested in doing that; so I will be keeping an eye out for her in the future and hopefully we will be doing that together. Again, I would like to give my best regards and congratulations to Tu Pham on the wonderful job she has done. She is an inspiration to all women and someone I greatly admire.

Information and communications technology

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (10.35): Mr Speaker, the clean ICT motion passed by this Assembly on 22 September 2010 called on the government to commit to a number of activities aimed at measuring and ultimately

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