Page 1493 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 1 June 2022

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It is that sort of collaboration and partnership that will see things get done in the ACT and after nearly 10 years of missing out year, after year, after year, under the miserable previous government when it came to infrastructure investment, things have changed, Madam Speaker. (Time expired.)

MR PETTERSSON: Chief Minister, what are some of the infrastructure priorities for the Canberra region more broadly?

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker, and I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. It is fantastic to see that this region features strongly in the federal government infrastructure planning and priorities. And we are, of course, a major economic and services hub for a significant portion of South East New South Wales and the infrastructure and services inside the territory and surrounding the ACT are utilised by ACT and New South Wales residents.

So we have a shared interest in this, some of the priorities include a better rail service between Canberra and Sydney, upgrades to the Monaro and Barton Highways, better freight access into Canberra Airport. And so, the best news we have received on this front is that the member for Eden-Monaro, whose electorate entirely surrounds the ACT, re-elected with a massive swing in her favour, is the new Minister for Territories, Local Government and Regional Development. We could not have a better partner to support infrastructure in our part of Australia.

Again, another significant change, another significant change, from what we all had to suffer through over the last nine years! And those opposite are the only people in Canberra who are grumpy about this outcome.

I believe further questions can be placed on the notice paper, Madam Speaker.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

ACT Health—elective surgery

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I was asked some questions in question time about elective surgery. While I know I have taken some of the detail on notice, I draw members’ attention to the fact that Mr Peffer, in his comments to the media, had confirmed that we are expecting about 11 elective surgeries a day to be postponed as part of this slowdown.

Calwell High School—safety

MS BERRY: Madam Speaker, I can provide some further information with regard to the special purpose review at Calwell High School. As I said, the review represents educational expertise from multiple Australian jurisdictions. Members of the review team include Kris Willis, who is the Director of School Improvement, ACT Education Directorate; Todd Macbeth, Acting Executive Director, School Support Division, Department of Education and Training, Victoria; Craig Edwards, Principal, Dickson College, ACT Education Directorate; Anne Gunmow, Director, Learning and Teaching, ACT Education Directorate; and Anne Reddie, Director, Child Wellbeing and Mental Health Services New South Wales Department of Education.

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