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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2808 ..


buffer the territory economy from a range of economic and fiscal shocks and to diversify our economic base to support local businesses and industry to thrive.

Strong economic growth has continued to attract skilled workers to the secure, well-paying jobs on offer in our city. This is giving rise to sustained growth in our services exports, construction and household consumption sectors. This year's fiscal update confirms that the budget is back in balance and will remain there across the forward estimates. At the same time, it reinforces the government's commitment to job creation and the delivery of high quality services and long-term infrastructure investment that will meet our city's needs in the years to come.

Over the next couple of weeks the Assembly will debate the details of the budget. But taken as a whole it is one that delivers for Canberra today and invests to meet our community's needs in the years ahead. I certainly know that members on this side of the chamber are proud of the contribution the initiatives in this budget will make to delivering a better Canberra.

Turning now to the detail of the estimates committee report and its 226 recommendations, these cover a broad range of issues across the spectrum of ACT government service delivery, from big picture issues like health, education and transport infrastructure to perhaps more prosaic concerns about which doors members of the public should enter the Assembly building through.

I will not analyse each of the committee's recommendations individually today. I could spend the whole day reading out the government response, but it is there for members to see. We have responded to all 226 recommendations and the response has been tabled for everyone's reading pleasure.

Overall, the government has agreed to or noted the majority of recommendations included in the committee's report. Specifically, the government has agreed to 113 recommendations, agreed in principle to 44, agreed in part to eight recommendations, noted 55 and not agreed to just six recommendations. We have provided a response in relation to each individual recommendation.

In closing, it is clear that the report of the estimates committee, and its recommendations, does not raise any issues that would prevent the passage of the Appropriation Bill 2018-2019 or the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2018-2019. So we look forward to the debate over the coming fortnight and to the passage of this very significant budget for the territory.

In closing, on behalf of the government I again thank the committee for its consideration of the appropriation bills and for its report. I am pleased to present the government's detailed response to all 226 recommendations to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Gentleman) adjourned to a later hour.

Ministerial trade delegation to South-East Asia

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (10.33): I am pleased to


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