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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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34 Responses to
Canberra Ghandi snub makes world news
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.

Granny 8:20 pm 19 Sep 08

Beautiful, n’est-ce pas?

; )

Vic Bitterman 7:26 pm 19 Sep 08

As to non-Australians, I’m fairly sure “Glow Worm Grove” is not named after an Aussie, so the precedent is set??

http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/ah0073?slid=167250146

Granny 6:44 pm 19 Sep 08

Well, one has to get one’s priorities right after all ….

Primal 6:03 pm 19 Sep 08

This is the 8th most popular story on Newsblaze today…above “Georgia Crisis Deepens Complexity of U.S-Russian Relations” but somehow below “Very Young Girls Movie Review: Sex, Class and Ho Daddies” and “Hannah Montana Gets Naked?”

Aurelius 5:13 pm 19 Sep 08

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???

tap 5:09 pm 19 Sep 08

What about batman street in braddon? :p

caf 5:06 pm 19 Sep 08

Lake Burley Griffin is a pretty hard to miss one. Also Haig Park.

Mr Evil 4:54 pm 19 Sep 08

What next – The Paris Hilton Appreciation Society offended, that like, there’s not a Paris Hilton Blvd in Canberra?

grundy 4:43 pm 19 Sep 08

southeeplace said :

Bogan-ville Street for example. He was the first frenchman to navigate the globe.

Sounds pretty Aussie to me…

southeeplace 4:40 pm 19 Sep 08

There are lots of streets named after non – Australians. Bougainville Street for example. He was the first frenchman to navigate the globe.

See http://apps.actpla.act.gov.au/actlic/places/search/originsSearch_new.htm

Granny 4:40 pm 19 Sep 08

Ghandi is one of my heroes, but they’ve got a bit of a nerve trying to tell us how to name our own streets!

Um, gee, thanks Hollywood, I reckon we can figger it owt on owr oan ….

grundy 4:36 pm 19 Sep 08

fnaah said :

You mean the super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis?

Who ever sent that stupid email out the other day needs to be slapped…

They were so ‘Punny’…

fnaah 3:51 pm 19 Sep 08

You mean the super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis?

Wide Boy Jake 3:49 pm 19 Sep 08

Mahatma Ghandi? I thought his name was Mahatma Coat.

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