Page 26 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 8 February 2022

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50 kilometres, as that is the standard speed limit across streets in the ACT. But Mr Giles was confident, and I understood anecdotally, as someone who grew up in the area, that this particular street had a number of issues that we needed to address when it came to speeding and antisocial behaviour.

Mr Giles was so convinced of this that he took it upon himself to sponsor this petition and go out and about introducing himself to his neighbours, asking the very simple question: do they think the street would be improved with the installation of 50 kilometre speed signs? As you can see, 158 of his neighbours, our constituents in Kambah, thought that the case. A number of hours were spent by Mr Giles collecting the signatures for the petition. Some time was spent by me in liaising with my constituent to get prepared to present the petition today. It is a spicy point, but I wonder how the hourly rate of that work might compare to just simply installing the signs in the first place.

The request of the petitioners is very modest. Antisocial behaviour and speeding has been a long and well-known issue along Bateman Street in Kambah. They deserve safer communities. We need to continue to encourage appropriate driving behaviour amongst Canberrans, particularly in residential areas. I would strongly encourage the minister and the department to consider, along with over 158 of my constituents, the installation of 50 kilometre speed limit signs on Bateman Street in Kambah.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Government—economic update and the year ahead

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (10.23): I rise this morning on this first sitting day of 2022 to outline the government’s priorities for the year ahead.

Madam Speaker, we are now in the third year of the COVID pandemic. The pandemic clearly is not over and it continues to throw new challenges our way. I want to assure the people of Canberra that the government will be maintaining our public health response, providing Canberrans with a trusted source of health information, delivering a community-wide booster program and responding to the health needs of those affected by the virus.

Our economic recovery plan will also be front and centre of the government’s work in 2022. The plan is focused on creating and protecting good local jobs in a diverse range of industry sectors, including health, education, construction, retail, renewable energy, tourism and hospitality and, of course, the technical, scientific and professional services that have been a real growth engine of employment growth in our city in recent years.

This year the government will also be pursuing an ambitious and progressive legislative program. For more than two decades this jurisdiction has advanced nation-leading reforms that have ensured Canberra remains one of the most livable,

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