Page 2817 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 October 2022

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Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 16

Mr Cain

Mr Barr

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Ms Berry

Dr Paterson

Mr Cocks

Mr Braddock

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Cheyne

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Clay

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lee

Ms Davidson

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Milligan

Mr Davis

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Question resolved in the negative.


Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (11.14): As we reach the halfway point of this Assembly term, the government is getting on with building Canberra’s future.

We are delivering the infrastructure and services to ensure our city continues to be one of the most liveable in the world. Two years ago, Canberrans voted decisively for an experienced and progressive government. The election showed Canberrans wanted a government that was willing to tackle big challenges, and one they could trust to deliver the infrastructure and services a growing city needs.

In 2020, in the midst of the global pandemic and economic crisis, we outlined our priorities of keeping Canberra healthy and safe, protecting and creating jobs, and building for the future. And that is exactly what we have been doing. We deliberately used our balance sheet to stimulate the economy and avoid a local recession, including delivering $500 million in direct grants to keep our businesses open.

These two years of work have paid off. Canberra has emerged from the pandemic by extending its 32-year run of consecutive economic growth. The ACT has the strongest labour market and lowest unemployment rate in the country. With around 240,000 jobs in the economy currently, we are well on track to reach our 2025 target of 250,000 jobs in the territory economy.

We said we would deliver healthcare when and where Canberrans need it. The Canberra Hospital expansion is well underway and on track for completion in 2024. Earlier this year, we opened the Molonglo Valley Medical Centre, expanding our existing health centre network to some of our newest suburbs.

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