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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1321..


I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I present a set of executive contracts. These documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which require the tabling of all director-general and executive contracts and contract variations. Today I present three long-term contracts, seven short-term contracts and 10 contract variations. The details of contracts will be circulated to members.

Overseas visit report—China

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Overseas visit report—China, 8-12 April 2014.

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

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: Today I table a report on the outcomes of my visit to Shanghai in April. I was invited, along with all first ministers, to participate in the Prime Minister's trade mission to Asia, culminating in the Australia Week in China initiative. Australia Week in China is an Austrade initiative to promote Australia as a trade, investment, education and tourism destination.

By joining the mission in Shanghai I was able to attend key Australia week events and was able to conduct a series of meetings that supported the government's strategic interest with business and educational institutions in China. Central among these was the Australia-China tourism investment roundtable, hosted by the federal Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb.

I presented the ACT government's city to the lake project to this high-level delegation of Chinese investors, and was pleased at the significant interest they showed. As one of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia, on premium land in the national capital, city to the lake is an attractive proposition for international investors.

My presentation was an opportunity to reiterate Canberra's advantages—advantages which are well known to us but not always well recognised outside Australia. At the roundtable I highlighted that in the ACT we have one level of government, meaning a single point of contact for companies wishing to do business; that we are home to leading research and development organisations, have world-class educational institutions, and have a culture of innovation; and that Canberra has a well-educated workforce, high labour productivity, modern infrastructure and low business costs.


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