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Canberra Today 18°/20° | Monday, January 24, 2022 | Digital Edition | Crossword & Sudoku

Place names to dump ‘colonisation’ influences

LABOR MLA Dr Marisa Paterson is seeking to amend the Public Place Names Act 1989 by replacing the word ‘colonisation’ with ‘reconciliation’ when naming new places in the ACT.

Dr Paterson’s bill to be introduced into the ACT Legislative Assembly today (November 30) would see the word ‘colonisation’ replaced with ‘reconciliation’ in reference to the people, important in Australia, after whom places in the Territory may be named.

Dr Paterson said the word change would be “simple” but “meaningful” in a list of considerations when picking a name for an avenue, road, street, or public place in the ACT.

“The term ‘colonisation’ is offensive to many people in our community and represents negative actions and connotations,” Dr Paterson said.

“It’s time we place greater attention on those who have made, and those who continue to make, positive contributions towards reconciliation in the ACT.”

 

 

 

 

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