Canberra Ghandi snub makes world news

johnboy 20 September 2008 34

Newsblaze of Folsom California is aghast that grey Canberra bureaucrats have turned a deaf ear to the pleas of the Gandhi Monument Council and refused to name a street after Mahatma Ghandi:

    Replying to a plea of Gandhi Monument Council headquartered in USA, John Meyer, Executive Director Client Services of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Planning and Land Authority, said, “…Canberra’s place naming guidelines do not allow us to accept your nomination. These guidelines state that the ACT’s roads and public places are to commemorate Australians and things Australian.”

As an exercise for the reader I’m asking for other streets in Canberra already named for non-Australians?

[Image: Gandhi statue in Glebe Park]

UPDATED: The Indian MeriNews site has now picked up the story.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The LA Chronicle is now on the story. Punjab NewsLine is also joining the angry mob.


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frontrow frontrow 3:23 pm 28 Oct 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

What about Adolf Hitler Drive out in Harrison?

I always thought Indian independance had more to do with Britain’s depleted military capacity after two wars against the hun than a few labourers sitting down on the job. You would think they would hold the man in higher regard.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 12:34 pm 28 Oct 09

What about Necromancy Street?

Anna Key Anna Key 12:22 pm 28 Oct 09

wolfkeeng said :

Kings Avenue. (Queen) Adelaide Ave. King Edward Tce. Queen Victoria Tce. All fine upstanding Australian’s. Surely.

I assume Adelaide Ave is named after the city, not the German. But maybe King Edward Tce could be renamed Matthew Massey Tce

Muttsybignuts Muttsybignuts 11:44 am 28 Oct 09

While we are off on a tangent, I want to punch whoever named Notepad Place in Dunlop. Some bastard so lazy that they just looked at their desk and used the first thing they saw.

p1 p1 10:43 am 28 Oct 09

The suburb of Harrison Ford, named after Indiana Jones? Or is that two adjoining suburbs?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:51 am 28 Oct 09

What about Adolf Hitler Drive out in Harrison?

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:39 am 28 Oct 09

I-filed said :

Let’s name a street after MARION MAHONEY GRIFFIN before we do Gandhi!

Street? Suburb. Haven’t we run out of PMs to name them after yet?

I-filed I-filed 10:36 pm 27 Oct 09

Let’s name a street after MARION MAHONEY GRIFFIN before we do Gandhi!

Dougo Dougo 3:39 pm 21 Sep 08

Yeah, but doesn’t the rest of the response to these guys say that we have commemorated Ghandi with a statue in Glebe park; isn’t that the photo? Thats got to be better than a length of bitumen?

rosebud rosebud 10:07 pm 20 Sep 08

AussieGal83 said :

Fracken toasters!

Can I propose Adama Avenue or Gaius Balter Lane?

Ghandi a Cylon? Maybe he was haunted by a cylobabe in a hot red dress and a predeliction for ear tonguing?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 7:00 pm 20 Sep 08

Cylon War Memorial?

AussieGal83 AussieGal83 4:57 pm 20 Sep 08

Fracken toasters!

Can I propose Adama Avenue or Gaius Balter Lane?

Granny Granny 2:55 pm 20 Sep 08

Maybe we should just name a whole suburb and get it over with, or new parliament house could become “Ghandi House” ….

wolfkeeng wolfkeeng 2:39 pm 20 Sep 08

Kings Avenue. (Queen) Adelaide Ave. King Edward Tce. Queen Victoria Tce. All fine upstanding Australian’s. Surely.

utah utah 11:14 am 20 Sep 08

Well, Sergeant Major Ghandi was a war veteran, and technically Australia was part of the British Empire while he was in Africa helping the Brits fight Zulu (or “Kaffir”, as he called them) independence, but I’m not sure that’s enough to warrant a street named after him.

Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 8:15 am 20 Sep 08

If any foreign country is complaining perhaps they should build an ‘Immigration Bridge’ and just get over it? 😛

Thumper Thumper 9:08 pm 19 Sep 08

Whatsup,

samey same here…

rosebud rosebud 9:06 pm 19 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

James Kirk Street in Gungahlin anyone?
Rhodes Place (where the Sth African embassy is)
Red Hill’s full of explorer names, many of which are not Australian
Not to mention who the frack was Northbourne???

Fracken toasters!

Whatsup Whatsup 8:58 pm 19 Sep 08

Bill Baileys discussion was the first that I was aware that we had a Gandi statue.

Thumper Thumper 8:52 pm 19 Sep 08

Bill Bailey mentioned the staue in his concert the other night, actually, he wondered what it was doing in Canberra and hypothesised about some strange link between Canberra and Ghandi.

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