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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (17 September) . . Page.. 3227..


fences or estranged from their families because of their behaviour providing positive role models to their children. Ultimately, success will be in terms of outcomes for the children of these detainees. I think that our throughcare model can help make that happen. I table the following paper:

Throughcare—Ministerial statement, 17 September 2013.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Business development strategy

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Community Services) (10.53): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Growth, Diversification and Jobs—A Business Development Strategy for the ACT—2013 Implementation Report.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Today I would like to take the opportunity to update the Assembly on the government's strategy to promote innovation and the creation of jobs in the ACT. Just over 12 months ago I launched Growth, Diversification and Jobs: A Business Development Strategy for the ACT. The strategy outlines a vision for a growing Canberra economy building on a commitment to private sector growth and jobs that is a hallmark of ACT Labor government.

The Gallagher government is committed to ensuring our economy continues to grow and continues to provide jobs. Our private sector is growing, becoming more diverse and creating a wider range of knowledge-intensive jobs. The ACT government intends to support this growth by providing the right environment in which businesses can invest, employ and innovate and we are doing this through the business development strategy.

In the 21st century, growth in modern industrialised economies and regions such as the ACT will come not from smokestacks and mines but from high-tech, knowledge-intensive businesses. The good news is that the ACT has a strong foundation in this area and a strong private sector on which to build. The business development strategy provides the right support to capitalise on the strong foundations that we have. The strategy is already helping to create the right investment environment and the right settings to encourage the private sector to grow and to create jobs. The strategy


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