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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1895..


(4)

a. An objective of the ANZGPA is to ensure the absence of inter-state and trans-Tasman application of preference schemes and other forms of discrimination in government procurement according to place of origin of goods and services. SMEs are a distinguishable category of business not determined by place of origin.

b. The ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) does not contain a government procurement chapter.

c. The Australia-Chile FTA Chapter 15, Section 7 states: "This chapter does not apply to any form of preference to benefit small and medium enterprises".

d. The Australia-United States FTA Chapter 15, Section 7 states: "This chapter does not apply to any form of preference to benefit small and medium enterprises".

e. The Malaysia-Australia FTA does not contain a government procurement chapter.

f. The Singapore- Australia FTA Chapter 6, Article 16 states: "Nothing in this chapter shall prevent the Parties from using government procurement to promote industry development including measures to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within their territory to gain access to the government procurement market". The Singapore-Australia FTA does not apply to subsector entities.

g. Chapter 15 of the Thailand-Australia FTA makes no reference to preferencing SMEs.

(5) The definition of the term "local"in this context is subject to finalisation but will be consistent with established regional agreements.

Employment—skilled migration (Question No 101)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 10 April 2013:

In relation to Skill and Business Migration, what migration attraction programs has the Government hosted/participated in over the last four years and can the Minister include (a) location of the event, (b) cost of participation, (c) number of staff and position titles and (d) numbers of migration applications generated.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) (a)

Since 1 July 2009 skilled migration attraction activities have been conducted in New Zealand; United Kingdom; Ireland; the Netherlands; and South Africa.

(b) and (c)

Please refer to Table 1 below for a summary of international campaigns conducted over the last four years, noting international campaigns were not conducted in 2009 due to the GFC. The internal policy is for a minimum of two officers to accompany each offshore in market campaign, based on both delivery efficiency and personal safety considerations.


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