ACT Labor Backbencher, Dr Marisa Paterson is leading a push to change the criteria for the consideration of new place names within the Territory.

Paterson will introduce a bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly on Tuesday which would amend the ‘Public Place Names Act 1989’.

The change 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 change is a simple but meaningful one, in a long list of considerations when picking a name.

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

“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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