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Lawyer and motorcycle enthusiast
Jayson Hinder will become the newest
member of the ACT Assembly next
week, after winning a countback of
2012 election votes on Thursday.
A member of Labor s Right and
chairman of Bendigo Community
Bank, Mr Hinder will represent the
Labor Party in the electorate of
Ginninderra, before running in the
October election for the newly created
electorate of Yerrabi.
He polled fifth at the last election.
He beat Australian Motorist Party
candidate Chic Henry and independent
Darren Churchill in the count, which
took less than a minute to complete.
All of the people I have spoken to,
who are much better with a calculator
than I am, told me it was historically a
sure thing and I got about 8000 of the
11,000 votes, he said.
Mr Hinder said representing
Belconnen until October would not be
an awkward fit, as it had similarities
with the Yerrabi, which will eventually
take in Gungahlin and Hall.
The reality is 10 of the suburbs are
in both electorates so half the
electorate at least will be part of the
area I am hoping to be representing.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr
welcomed Mr Hinder to the Labor
caucus, describing him as an active
member of the community.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Gender equity still in need of work
Panelists Jane Halton, Elizabeth Lyons, Virginia Haussegger, Rosie Batty and British high commissioner Menna Rawlings at the event hosted by
Australian British Chamber of Commerce and The British High Commission Canberra.
In advance of International Women s
Day, British high commissioner
Menna Rawling CMG got the ball
rolling on the question of what it
means to be female at an Inspiring
Women event held at the Australian
Press Club last Tuesday.
Each year people across the world
reflect on women s attributes, the
challenges they face, how they ve
made their mark and how long the road
ahead is to gender parity.
In Canberra, the issues were teased
out over a morning brew and breakfast
by panelists 2015 Australian of the
Year Rosie Batty, award-winning
journalist Virginia Haussegger,
Gender Equality Agency director
Elizabeth Lyons and Secretary of the
Australian Department of Finance
Access to childcare, how to fit into
a blokey culture without losing sight
of yourself and the constant battle
between demands of home and work
were all canvassed.
Rosie Batty has been credited with
changing the national conversation on
domestic violence, an issue that affects
one in three women and causes the
death of two women each week in
She spoke frankly about handling
personal attacks on women,
particularly those in the public eye.
Virginia Haussegger was recently in
the limelight after lambasting
"mindless bimbo" behaviour by
Sunrise presenters during Sex and the
City star Kristin Davis visit to
Ms Haussegger called on women to
stand up and speak out.
"[Women] don t do it because they
don t want to put their head up, they
don t want to be labelled and they
don t want to appear mouthy," she
said. "But I think it s our duty to call
out poor behaviour."
Ms Lyons, who heads the agency
tasked with measuring how Australian
workplaces fare in this area, made a
stark realisation after quoting her
grandmother Enid Lyons who was
elected in 1943 as Australia s first
female federal member of parliament.
Enid Lyons wrote: "I don t think we
should lose those attributes that are
natural to us as women. We shouldn t
imitate men; the world is far too male
Seven decades on, her
granddaughter said the fact those
words still applied, "shows we haven t
really got that far".
Federal Finance head Jane Halton
said so many issues aired each
International Women s Day were
known to women. Creating change
was about transforming attitudes.
"We talk about it all the time; we are
focused on doing something about it,"
she said. "But change is in all of us.
All of us need to focus, not just on
women, but on gender equity."
City cyclists the winners on our own Super Tuesday
Canberra s commuter cyclists stood up
to be counted last Tuesday as part of a
nationwide initiative to track the
growth of active transport users.
Australia s 10th annual Bicycle
Network s Super Tuesday Commuter
Bike Count occurred with the help of
900 volunteers on bike paths and at
intersections all over the country.
From 7am-9am on March 1
counters collected data recording the
movements and number of riders.
Bicycle Network, a self-funded
community organisation dedicated to
boosting the frequency and number of
people cycling, then analyses the
information making it available to
local governments and decision
makers to help them identify areas for
improvement and to inform bike
Each volunteer in Victoria, SA, WA,
NSW, ACT and Tasmania receives a
$50 donation towards their local
community group, club or non-profit
for taking part.
It is expected that more than
$40,000 will be delivered back to the
community by Bicycle Network s
Super Tuesday Commuter Count in
ACT Minister for Transport and
Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris
said the annual commuter bike count
was one of many data sources used by
the government to help with planning
"Census journey to work data;
Bicycle traffic counts of on and off-
road paths; Super Tuesday bike
counts; national participation survey
on cycling; and cordon bicycle counts
-- all these things together provide a
good picture of the ACT bicycle
network and who cycles around our
city," she said.
"We know Canberra is a great place
to cycle, and we want to encourage
more people to get on a bike."
She said Transport Canberra was
focused on better integrating public
transport with active travel options
including walking and cycling.
"In April the ACT Government will
conduct a comprehensive survey to get
community feedback on the current
public transport network, and identify
how to best improve Canberra s public
transport system so it becomes more
convenient, efficient, affordable and
reliable," she said.
"We are also making it easier for
people to take their bikes on Action
buses, with more than 80 per cent of
Action buses now fitted with bike
racks at the front of the bus."
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