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Finally, I would like to touch on the representation of participation in public art by women that is addressed in the third action plan. Members of this place know that I have made a point of drawing attention to the unfortunate deficit of women, quite literally as well as figuratively, in the ACT’s public art collection, and have taken issue with the lack of historical figures present in what representation does exist. It is reasonable for women and non-binary people to expect see themselves represented in public spaces and to experience the same sense of belonging and connectedness which representation facilitates. Similarly, redefining how leadership is understood with a gendered perception must also include a fair representation of women in public art, particularly with respect to historical figures.

I note the work that Minister Cheyne has already started to do in this space with the upcoming statue of Susan Ryan. I am very pleased to see that the third action plan has identified this touchpoint. It makes the point of further increasing the representation of women, girls and non-binary people, and works by women and non-binary artists in public art across Canberra, and increasing the participation of women and girls in public spaces in general.

This third action plan commits the government to building an ACT that values and respects women and girls, and commits to achieving gender equality. I look forward to working with Minister Berry and others in this chamber to make this happen.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill 2023

Ms Vassarotti, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong-Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (10.30): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 to the Assembly. The ACT government is committed to the ACT’s building regulatory system being effective and fit for purpose. The regulatory system must support high-quality design and building, compliance with building standards, and integrity and accountability in the ACT building and construction industry. The bill includes amendments that provide clarity around building and construction processes, and it increases safety through ensuring that there is proper oversight and regulation of building, electrical, gas-fitting and plumbing work.

The amendments in this bill address a range of outcomes, such as to support the continuous improvement and effectiveness of the ACT’s building regulatory system; to respond to emerging issues; to give greater choice and protection to the community;


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