Page 4407 - Week 10 - Thursday, 22 September 2011

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although I appreciate that my name, along with the name of my colleagues here at the Assembly, was listed in the invitation as being at the event, as of course I will be.

I would like to clarify that no Greens member of the Legislative Assembly or their staff have emailed any ACT Greens invitations from their Assembly emails and that no public resources were used, nor was any access obtained to the ACT government network through Assembly email accounts.

This is, frankly, an embarrassing error. On behalf of the ACT Greens, I would like to repeat my unreserved apology to Mr Cappie-Wood for our part in that error and to the ACT public servants who may have received this email. As I indicated, I will be responding to Mr Cappie-Wood immediately to reassure him that I absolutely share his concerns about how this came about and to personally apologise.

ActewAGL ACT Sport Hall of Fame

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (6.48): It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the President of ACTSport, Mr Jim Roberts, his staff and committee on yet another professional induction ceremony of sports men and women into the ActewAGL ACT Sport Hall of Fame that was held on 26 August at the Southern Cross Club in Woden.

There were a number of worthy inductees, amongst them Ned Zelic of football fame. An Australian football legend, Ned Zelic has been a standard bearer for Australian footballers throughout his career. He was one of the early football pioneers who went overseas to embark on a career in Europe. Ned is part of an elite group of Australian footballers that have competed in a major European final; he had experience in playing for eight major football-playing nations and was a regular with the Socceroos.

A product of the now-named Canberra FC, formerly Canberra Croatia Deakin Football Club, Ned started his professional career in the national soccer league, where he played with the clubs Sydney United and Sydney Olympic. As a Socceroo representative from 1991 he played 32 times for his country and scored three goals, representing Australia in the 1992 summer Olympics, where they finished fourth.

Ned spent most of the 1990s playing in Europe, and most notably for Borussia Dortmund, where he reached the UEFA cup final in his first season and won the German Bundesliga title in 1995. Since his retirement from the game Ned has become a much-loved football commentator and analyst on SBS television, taking part in their productions of the FIFA world cup in 2006 and 2010 and the 2008 European championships.

Another inductee was Ben Taylor from hockey. Ben grew up in Canberra and played hockey with the United Hockey Club from the age of four. He progressed through the ACT junior representative teams before playing as a midfielder for the Canberra Lakers in the National Hockey League/Australian Hockey League between 1994 and 2006 and again in 2008. His contribution to the Lakers’ results was rewarded with a position in the senior Australian squad and he made his international debut at the 1998 champions trophy tournament in Lahore, Pakistan.

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