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Where's the national recognition for Lawrence Hargrave?

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Michael Organ MP

Greens Member for Cunningham

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Cunningham MP Michael Organ is again urging the Prime Minister to ensure that the groundbreaking work of Australia’s “Father of Flight”, Lawrence Hargrave, is recognized in conjunction with the centenary of powered flight on 17 December.

“Mr. Howard told me, in response to a question without notice in the House of Representatives, on 21 August that he shared the view that ‘…Hargrave was a great Australian and a name synonymous with all the brave pioneering days of early aviation’, promising to raise the question of honouring the Stanwell Park engineer with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport.”

“Almost three months have elapsed, and despite his promise to further inform me as soon as he could, I still haven’t heard anything about what is planned.”

“It would be a travesty if the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kittyhawk was allowed to pass without official recognition of Hargrave’s central role in the development of heavier-than-air flight and I have written to the Prime Minister again to seek urgent action to ensure that this occurs”, Mr. Organ said

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