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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (22 October) . .

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outcomes, the fruit, of a sustained and long-term vision to grow our economy, engaging the private sector and supporting innovation. It is enunciated in our 2012 business development strategy.

What are some of the concrete examples of these outcomes for exports and for the ACT? We saw Aspen Medical last year reporting growth from $32 million to $95 million. We saw Seeing Machines, which came out of the ANU, signing a strategic agreement with Caterpillar global mining for in-cab fatigue monitoring systems. We saw Bearcage productions signing a formal co-production agreement for a documentary series between Australia and China, and Datapod exporting innovative data units to Papua New Guinea and Sweden. These are the kinds of concrete examples of our policies to bring about growth and diversification of the ACT economy.

On top of that, we are building a fairer tax system. We are investing in the digital city. We are investing in tertiary education and study Canberra, in partnership with the ANU and the University of Canberra, to make Canberra the study destination of choice. Environmentally, we have already heard about the 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2020. Ms Porter talked about the human services blueprint enabling on-the-ground workers working with people to provide and make the kinds of decisions at the coalface which enable us to get the best services out for people so that we can have a one-stop shop for government services to assist those most in need.

These are the kinds of things that this government has been doing to build a better Canberra. These are the kinds of things that this government has been doing that have led to this OECD award. What do you come in here and do? Just whinge.

Motion agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.27 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Asbestos—loose-fill insulation

MR HANSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, on Monday you were quoted in the media as saying that the bill for the possible buyback of Mr Fluffy homes could reach $1 billion. You have also said that this amount covered not only the buyback but also the demolition and land clean-up. A number of residents are expressing a desire to rebuild on the same site as their homes are demolished. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the government's current plans for dealing with the Mr Fluffy legacy?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Hanson for the question and for the ongoing spirit of bipartisanship that is being shown to the Mr Fluffy residents as we continue to look for solutions to the long-term legacy that the Mr Fluffy homes present us with.

The current status is that we have put a proposal to the commonwealth government. They are considering that proposal. It is a request for financial assistance to assist with a long-term solution for the Mr Fluffy homes. As part of that thinking, we have also


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