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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Hansard Week 4 (9 April) . . Page.. 1246..


Economy

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.45): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the 2008-09 Federal Budget will have a significant, adverse impact on the ACT economy and on individual Canberrans;

(b) the constant lament of the Chief Minister at the ACT's narrow economic base;

(c) the failure of the Stanhope Government to take action to diversify the economic base of the ACT;

(d) the commitment of the then Leader of the ACT Opposition, Jon Stanhope, to be a low taxing government when in office;

(e) the failure of the Stanhope Government to maintain the trend in increasing the relative proportion of employment in the private sector in the ACT;

(f) that, in the 2006-07 Budget, the Government gutted the areas devoted to economic development in the ACT, such as BusinessACT and Tourism ACT;

(g) the lack of progress in answering the question of skill shortages, particularly in contrast to the actions of the Federal Government;

(h) the downgrading of some Actions in the Economic White Paper to second order Actions; and

(i) the failure of the Stanhope Government to implement those Actions set out in the Economic White Paper that were intended to encourage the development of nine priority industries in the ACT; and

(2) calls on the Stanhope Government to:

(a) report to the ACT community on action that is being taken to expand the economic base of the ACT;

(b) provide the Assembly with the strategy that is being implemented for each of the nine priority industries;

(c) set out the strategy that is being followed to strengthen the role of the private sector in the ACT;

(d) restore funding for BusinessACT and Tourism ACT in the 2008-09 Budget; and

(e) provide a list of those Actions listed in the Economic White Paper that have been downgraded to 'second order' Actions by close of business on Wednesday, 30 April 2008.


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