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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 492..


MR HUMPHRIES: "An exemplary report", in the words of the former chairman of that committee. Under the terms of Ms Tucker's motion, this would be a response that would be reported against. It is not really the sort of response you would report against because it just says "The government acknowledges the concern and the government notes the conclusions." So you would not exactly report against this. But the intent of what Ms Tucker is getting at is very clear and I think it is worthy of support.

I understand that this debate is going to be adjourned. I think there is consensus that it should be adjourned, but I put on record at this stage that where this government picks up and comments on recommendations of previous committees, some ongoing process of reporting against that should occur, and that should be the case in future Assemblies as well. Future governments would then comment on things that happened in the life of their Assembly. They could also chose to comment on the recommendations of previous Assembly committees.

Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Information Industry Development Board

MRS CROSS (3.50): Mr Speaker, I move:

That:

(1) this Assembly recognises the contribution made to the ACT and region by the ACT Information Industry Development Board (IIDB) particularly with regard to the creation of jobs, encouraging women to pursue careers in information technology (IT) and coordinating federal government bids.

(2) the government thank the IIDB board members for their voluntary commitment and the success of their activities.

The former Information Industry and Development Board was established by the former Liberal government in 1999 for the purpose of developing the ACT's information technology and communications industry. This board was made up of captains of industry in the ICT industry and people that were highly respected in this fair city.

The Canberra Liberals have, and retain, a strong commitment to grow the ACT's potential in information industries. Once established, this board quickly set about providing the former government with strategic advice and strategies to optimise the economic benefits of the global marketplace to Canberra. The board had a vision: to ensure that the ACT is globally recognised as a centre for information industries, innovation, intellectual property development and education and training excellence. They pursued that vision with enthusiasm and had a great deal of success.

Because of their good work it was possible to match ACT businesses with potential investors and business opportunities. It was further possible to improve the timeliness and quality of responses to foreign investment inquiries by providing a comprehensive profile of industry capacity and potential joint venture partners. Impediments to the export growth of communication services were identified and addressed by the former government as Canberra's capabilities were marketed both domestically and internationally.


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