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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . .

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The legislation that I am tabling today is part of a bigger process—not simply, of course, because it has to be ratified by the majority of my colleagues in this place but because it is hopefully part of the worldwide cultural shift. Madam Speaker, I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Ramsay) adjourned to the next sitting.

Apollo 11 mission—50th anniversary

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.16): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) 21 July 2019 will be the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, where mankind first walked on the moon;

(b) the Apollo 11 landing on the moon is arguably one of the greatest achievements in modern history;

(c) the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station and Tidbinbilla Tracking Station (now Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC)) in the ACT, played a significant role in the Apollo 11 (and other) space missions, with the first footage of man walking on the moon broadcast throughout the world from Honeysuckle Creek;

(d) the ACT has played, and continues to play, a significant role in the space tracking industry through a number of sites and over more than 50 years; and

(e) a number of people who have worked in the space tracking industry in the ACT are still alive and the 50th anniversary is a fitting and significant time to recognise and honour their contribution; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) support the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 mission through financial and other assistance;

(b) install a significant tribute and commemoration to the space tracking industry in the ACT through an artwork or similar in the ACT in time for the 50th anniversary;

(c) investigate ways to provide recognition of space tracking history and contribution in the ACT, including through supporting:

(i) digitalising records, including audio records and digitising original paper records;

(ii) publishing records;

(iii) events;

(iv) physical works at Honeysuckle Creek, Orroral Valley, and CDSCC at Tidbinbilla; and

(v) other activities, in collaboration with other relevant bodies, in time for the 50th anniversary; and


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