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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 4 Hansard (5 April) . . Page.. 1049..

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Dr Bourke, from 78 residents:

Coat of arms

To: The Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that the symbols in the Coat of Arms of Canberra, including two St Edward's Crowns, the motto "For the Queen, the Law and People", do not represent the contemporary values and ideals of many in the ACT population, and instead imply the loyalty of all ACT residents to the British Monarchy. The ACT voted strongly in favour of a republic in the 1999 Republic Referendum. In addition the ACT is the only major jurisdiction in the Commonwealth that does not have a Coat of Arms of its own, using the Coat of Arms of Canberra to represent the entire ACT. An opportunity exists to design an ACT Coat of Arms that uses local symbols, such as the Royal Bluebell and the Gang-Gang Cockatoo.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to replace the Coat of Arms of Canberra with a more representative Coat of Arms of the ACT. This new design should ideally involve the public through a public competition, with the winning design chosen by an impartial panel, subject to the final approval of the ACT Assembly.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 43

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 43, dated 30 March 2016, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

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