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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 7 June 2018) . . Page.. 2179 ..

As an inclusive community, Canberrans overwhelmingly support schools respecting, welcoming and celebrating diversity and encouraging children to be themselves.

When this does not occur, children can face bullying and discrimination that damages mental health, lowers academic achievement, lowers rates of school attendance and increases rates of self-harm and suicide.

… petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to support the Government’s efforts to ensure all children are safe and supported at any school, and support the ACT Safe and Inclusive Schools initiative being available to all ACT schools.

This committee has noted the petition.

The committee’s response to petition No 21-17, relating to the safe schools program, was presented to the Assembly on 12 April 2018. In considering petition 21-17, the committee was provided with a briefing by Education Directorate officials on 3 April 2018, aimed at better understanding ACT government’s safe and inclusive schools initiative and how it differed from the Safe Schools Coalition Australia program.

In light of that briefing, the committee will not be inquiring further into the matters raised in petition 25-17. The committee notes that the safe and inclusive schools ACT website provides a menu of supports offered to schools who choose to engage with the safe and inclusive schools initiative. All schools, government and non-government, have access to the materials.

Environment and Transport and City Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (11.32): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services relating to the inquiry into a proposed mammal emblem for the ACT. The committee received 29 submissions from the community, suggesting a range of animals for consideration as the territory’s mammal emblem. The animals which gained prominence in submissions were the eastern bettong, the echidna, spotted tail quoll, southern brush-tailed rock-wallaby and the little forest bat.

In May 2018 the committee met with wildlife and conservation experts at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to learn more about the mammals put forward. Committee members greatly appreciated the opportunity to see the significant conservation efforts being made at Mulligans Flat and Tidbinbilla to protect and reintroduce mammal species to the Canberra region.

The committee identified a list of factors to inform its consideration of candidates for a mammal emblem: connection to the ACT region, contribution to the local environment, vulnerable or endangered status of the animal and potential for publicity as the territory emblem to contribute to important conservation efforts underway or

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