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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1377..


Once again, I would just like to say that I think this is a bill we do need in the ACT. It is a process that has been applied in other states and territories. I actually think it strengthens the relationship of official visitors to ministers. Also, as I pointed out, the fact that we do not have a disability official visitor in particular here in the ACT is something that should be addressed. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

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

Canberra centenary

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (10.51): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the 2013 Canberra Centenary provides an excellent opportunity to boost the ACT economy through increased interstate and international visitors;

(b) that the ACT Government has released a brochure giving a sneak peak of the 2013 Canberra Centenary program;

(c) that the program includes a number of opportunities for tourists to experience historic, cultural, sports and entertainment events and exhibitions throughout the 2013 calendar year;

(d) that tourism opportunities are best realised through collaborative efforts of the ACT Government, business and tourism industry;

(e) that the ACT Government has recently set up a taskforce to coordinate the ACT's efforts to secure international flights to Canberra Airport and the group will comprise of Government, Canberra Airport, business and tourism industry representatives; and

(f) that the ACT Liberals have voted against measures that boost tourism opportunities in successive ACT budgets;

(2) calls on:

(a) the ACT Government to work with the business and tourism industries to leverage opportunities to bring interstate and international visitors to the ACT during the Centenary year; and

(b) the ACT Government to work with the Canberra Airport, local business and tourism industries to secure international flights to Canberra Airport; and

(3) supports all budget measures that enhance and promote our tourism opportunities for the 2013 Canberra Centenary.


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