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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 7 June 2016) . . Page.. 1709 ..

Tuesday, 7 June 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 owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Barr, Chief Minister, dated 6 June 2016—Response to e-petition No 14-15, lodged by Dr Bourke on 5 April 2016, concerning the ACT coat of arms.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Coat of arms—petition No 14-15

The response read as follows:

This issue is raised with the ACT Government intermittently. The ACT Government’s response has been consistent that changes to civic symbols are the result of strong community sentiment for change and before any change was made there would need to be significant community engagement.

The ACT community voted strongly for Australia to become a Republic in the 1999 Referendum and should this come to pass, it would be an opportune time to change our civic symbols.

I welcome the approach by the community and understand there are those who feel strongly about a change to our city’s Coat of Arms. I look forward to further public discussion on this issue.


The Clerk presented the following papers:

Former Brumbies Site—Lease Variation Charge Waiver—Copy of—

Index of returned documents.

Valuation Report—Block 15 Section 42 Griffith, ACT, dated 18 July 2012—Prepared by Colliers International for presentation to ACT Planning and Land Authority.

Brumbies—B15 S42 Griffith—Update—Email to Khalid Ahmed from Charlotte Miles, Policy Analyst, Treasury Directorate, dated 6 August 2012.

Support for Brumbies—Waiver of Lease Variation Charge—Block 15 Section 42 Griffith—Minute to the Treasurer from Khalid Ahmed, Executive Director, Policy Coordination and Development Division, Treasury, dated 6 September 2012.

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