In recent meetings of parliament’s National Capital and External Territories Committee, I’ve been asking questions about new memorials in the parliamentary triangle. So I’m pleased that Simon Crean (the relevant minister) has now asked the committee to inquire into the process of choosing national memorials. Terms of reference below.
Inquiry into the Administration of the National Memorials Ordinance 1928 – Terms of reference
The Committee has been asked by the Hon Simon Crean, Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government:
1. To inquire into, and report on:
- The administration of the National Memorials Ordinance 1928 (the Ordinance), with particular reference on:
o The membership of the Canberra National Memorials Committee (CNMC);
o The process for decision-making by the CNMC;
o Mechanisms for the CNMC to seek independent, expert advice; and
o Opportunities for improving transparency in the administration of the Ordinance.
- The appropriate level of parliamentary oversight for proposed National Memorials.
- The appropriate level of public participation in the development of proposed National Memorials.
2. If changes to current arrangements are recommended, inquire into and report on transition provisions for current proposals for memorials which have not yet been constructed.
The Minister has asked the Committee to report by the end of 2011.
Submissions close 9 September (details here).