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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1788..


MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (11.37): I move:

That this Assembly notes:

(1) the Government released the Business Development Strategy (BDS) on 30 April 2012 following extensive consultation with the business community;

(2) this strategy is focussed on ensuring jobs growth, economic growth and diversification of the Canberra economy;

(3) the BDS has three strategic imperatives—creating the right business environment; supporting business investment and accelerating business innovation;

(4) that under each of these themes, key actions the Government commits to take include:

(a) establishing a red tape reduction panel;

(b) payroll tax reform;

(c) better government compliance support;

(d) advice and business mentoring;

(e) acknowledging local small to medium sized enterprises in procurement decisions;

(f) reinvigorating the branding of Canberra;

(g) establishing an investment facilitation function within government;

(h) support for indigenous enterprise development;

(i) expanding grants programs;

(j) specific supports for clean tech development;

(k) investing in National Information Communication Technology Australia; and

(l) establishing the My Digital City Innovation Prize;

(5) this strategy is important to address some of the short-term and medium-term challenges that our economy will face; and

(6) this strategy represents a fundamentally positive view of the ACT economy and business community, and seeks to promote its strengths rather than denigrate its performance and thereby damage confidence.

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