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On Monday 12 September 2005, the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage tabled its report on the inquiry into Sustainable Cities. The tabling of the report concluded the committee's inquiry.
A key recommendation within this report was that the Australian Government establish an independent Australian Sustainability Commission headed by a National Sustainability Commissioner. This was restated in 2007 when the Committee presented its report on the inquiry into a sustainability charter entitled Sustainability for survival: creating a climate for change.