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Canberra Ghandi snub makes world news

By johnboy 19 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 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 12:34 pm 28 Oct 09

What about Necromancy Street?

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 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 10:43 am 28 Oct 09

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

What about Adolf Hitler Drive out in Harrison?

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 10:36 pm 27 Oct 09

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

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 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 7:00 pm 20 Sep 08

Cylon War Memorial?

AussieGal83 4:57 pm 20 Sep 08

Fracken toasters!

Can I propose Adama Avenue or Gaius Balter Lane?

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 2:39 pm 20 Sep 08

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

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