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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 4180 ..


number of multinational companies with space capabilities. These include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Airbus Defence and Space.

Our universities—ANU and UNSW—lead Australia in space research and innovation. Yesterday we had the ANU announce InSpace, a new institute that will bring together a range of disciplines such as law, science, technology and innovation in the space sector, another important step in helping to keep our leadership, but also attracting the world's best and brightest to our growing, vibrant and inclusive city.

One in four jobs in the Australian space industry is right here in Canberra. This is a sector that is growing globally. It is worth approximately $420 million and is growing by 10 per cent each year. This sector is also helping other sectors deliver benefits to our everyday lives.

While I hope the commonwealth makes our city the permanent home of the Australian Space Agency, we are and will continue to be the home to the Australian space industry. Canberra is the space capital, and this government will continue to promote, grow and help the industry. We will work with the sector to help find new frontiers, inspiring the next generation to turn young Canberrans' dreams into reality.

Mr Barr: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

ACT Health—workplace culture

MS FITZHARRIS: Yesterday in question time Mr Hanson asked me a question regarding the restructure of ACT Health, claiming that I have said nothing about improving culture as a rationalisation for the restructure. Madam Speaker, when I announced this change back on 23 March, I said that one of the reasons for the restructure was to ensure that we have a strong, positive and respectful culture within both organisations. On 31 July, I said that it is my expectation that the new leadership of both organisations will have a very strong focus on organisational culture.

Let me give another example. In response to a question from the opposition in question time on 8 May, I said:

... a positive culture, particularly in a health organisation, is everyone's responsibility. I have taken some clear decisions to significantly improve the governance of the organisation and, with it, my clear direction to the interim director-general and to the senior staff is that they lead by example in establishing a positive and healthy culture within ACT Health and across all of its facilities.

Improving workplace and organisational culture was just one of the many reasons for the restructure, as I have outlined on many occasions in this place. Mr Hanson's implication that improving workplace culture within ACT Health was not one of the reasons is cherry-picking my statement from yesterday, demonstrating once again the Canberra Liberals not listening to multiple statements in this place. It is plainly wrong, and I draw the Assembly's attention to this fact.


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