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Look to promote equality and diversity in the people we recognize through public commemoration;

Increase the prominence of women in place naming conventions across the territory; and

Identify opportunities to increase the representation of women, especially of diverse backgrounds and First Nations leaders in our public statues.

On 15 June 2021 the committee resolved to conduct a widened inquiry into memorialisation through public commemoration, by self-referral. While the committee’s inquiry expanded on the scope of the petition, the requests made by the petitioners to the Legislative Assembly formed part of the terms of reference. A total of 16 submissions were received by the committee in the course of the inquiry. The committee held a public hearing on 24 May and has made 12 recommendations.

These recommendations encourage the ACT government to address historical discrepancies in the commemoration of women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ+ people and local community members, through greater consultation and education. The committee’s recommendations also encourage the ACT government to review the existing suburb names to identify where imbalances exist and to look for strategies such as co-naming and additional information on signage commemorating individuals.

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank all submitters and all of those who participated in or otherwise assisted with this inquiry. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee

Report 4

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.44): I present the following report:

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee—Report 4—Inquiry into renewable energy innovation in the ACT, dated 28 June 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I was pleased to be part of the committee and to contribute to the report’s recommendations. I look forward to the ACT government’s implementation of the recommendations, in particular around commissioning innovative social science research and methodologies to understand the transition of sectors, particularly transport and gas for cooking, and parts of the community that may have significant infrastructure and behaviour change barriers to reducing their emissions.

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