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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (9 February) . .

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Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Report 6

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (10.31): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 6—Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2014-2015, dated 8 December 2015, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Government priorities for 2016

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.32): A little over a year ago in my first speech as Chief Minister I outlined to the Assembly the agenda and policy priorities for my government. I set out a plan for Canberra to be a community where our children receive a world-class education and have the opportunity to study at top-ranked universities or vocational training institutes; where everyone can access high quality health care to participate in our active lifestyle, to stay healthier for longer; where our economy is diverse, resilient and generating secure well-paid jobs; where our public transport network is convenient, reliable, affordable and fully integrated; where our community is inclusive, supportive, safe and welcoming for everyone; and where we remain the most livable city in the world.

Madam Speaker, as our city grows it keeps on getting better. It is now a more nationally and internationally engaged city, one that is innovative, exciting and unique, a city at the forefront of a digital revolution; a city where we shape technology to benefit people, to make our lives easier, more productive and more creative. We work every day to make sure Canberra just keeps getting better—that the Canberra of tomorrow will be even stronger than the Canberra of today.

Over the past year we have taken great strides forward. For the first time we will have capital-to-capital international flights with Canberra at the centre of an express route from Singapore to Wellington. We will never build a strong and growing economy and create jobs simply by selling to ourselves. These direct flights are a fundamental game changer for our engagement with the fastest growing region in the world. And it was only possible because this Labor government saw the opportunity, and did the hard work over a number of years, to make a compelling case to one of the world's best airlines. Singapore Airlines has agreed that this city, that Canberra, is a great place to do business.


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