Page 4101 - Week 12 - Thursday, 1 December 2022

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Motion to take note of petition

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:

That the petition so lodged be noted.

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.17): I would like to start by thanking Leigh and Tanya from the Stone House pub. It is a wonderful little pub at Amaroo shops, and if any members, or those listening, are in the area, make sure you stop by. Amaroo shops is a wonderful shopping complex in the north of Canberra. Just a little tip for those listening: it is the best place to do grocery shopping in Gungahlin. It has great little cafes and a wonderful pub. And right next to the shops is, of course, a wonderful green space with large, beautiful trees.

In that large space there is no playground. I have heard from Gungahlin residents for a long time that they would like to see a playground at Amaroo shops. I thank all of the people who have signed this petition—over 200—for their support and their shared commitment to improving Amaroo shops. I commend their petition to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Economy—ministerial delegation to Singapore

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (10.18): I am pleased to update the Assembly on the government’s trade mission to Singapore in August of this year. As members are aware, Singapore is identified in our international engagement strategy as one of the territory’s key markets. Consistent with the strategy, the purpose of our mission this time was to renew existing relationships; to start some new ones; to reconnect government-to-government relations; to support two-way trade and tourism; to re-establish aviation links; to attract investment into the territory; and to further partnerships in education and health.

The Minister for Health also travelled to Singapore at this time, with a delegation of senior officials and others in the health area, which she will touch on, I am sure, in her presentation shortly. This allowed for us to undertake joint activities, including visiting health facilities, particularly in the context of the challenges and opportunities facing the territory’s health system, including the ongoing modernisation of Canberra Hospital and the commitment to deliver a new north side hospital.

As is tradition, we commenced the mission with a meeting with the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency the Honourable Will Hodgman. I would like to thank Will for his and his team’s assistance in making the mission a success. The High Commissioner provided a briefing on the state of the relationship, discussed the planned program, and gave his insights into current opportunities. It set a very useful context for the mission, particularly the meetings I had with Singapore’s transport minister and the Second Minister for National Development. In the tourism portfolio, Minister Iswaran, the Singaporean Minister for Transport, was instrumental in maintaining flights between Australia and Singapore during the pandemic. These

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