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DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.51): I would like to thank all of my colleagues for their support of this motion. When the constituent came to me with this issue, I thought, “This is a solution; there is something that we can do here, a very easy step, to achieve what could be really great outcomes for the ACT.” What was reiterated by everyone in their speeches is that we are about solutions on this; we are about reaching net zero emissions by 2045. I thank all of my colleagues today for speaking on this and supporting the motion.

I note and agree with Ms Lee and Minister Cheyne that every business in the ACT is unique. Many have expressed their desire to make these changes, and to tackle climate change and reduce their running costs. This is a way that we can support businesses to be able to do that.

In closing, I would like to thank the Assembly for supporting this motion today.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Ginninderra electorate—public art

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (4.53): I love public art and, if I had my way, we would have much more of it in Canberra. I have visited a number of cities both in Australia and overseas that are filled with intentional beauty, including colourful murals, playful water features, statues, kinetic sculptures and so forth. After such visits, I have often returned to Canberra with envy.

I realise that constructing fountains and commissioning sculptures can be expensive, but paint is not, and the most inviting cities in the world are often the most vibrant, with pops of colours almost everywhere. This includes murals painted on the sides of shops and other buildings or applied to public infrastructure such as bridges and walls.

Significantly, the word “public” means “of the people as a whole”, or “concerning ordinary people”. This means that, for public art to be truly public, it cannot be concentrated in only one section of a city, especially if that section is in the city’s commercial hub or governmental centre.

Art creates a sense of space that can be especially important in a place like Canberra, where our colonial past has disrupted ancient cultures and obscured the spirit of the country on which this city has been built. Art also tells stories. Such stories can both help define us and challenge our identities. They can inform us about the past and inspire us to create even better futures. Art exposes us to beauty and ideas outside ourselves. All of us, including our children, need to be exposed to beautiful things.

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