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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3918..

noted the need to address risk on a sector level, lead by industry players. The findings of the review were presented at a joint forum with the Canberra Business Council in December 2005.

Economy—The Canberra Partnership

(Question No 1253)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 5 in the Economic White Paper, what action has been taken to establish The Canberra Partnership;

(2) Who are the members of The Canberra Partnership;

(3) What support, including funding, does the ACT Government provide to The Canberra Partnership;

(4) What has The Canberra Partnership achieved to date.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Canberra Partnership Board was established in August 2004, and its term expired in June 2006.

(2) The members of the Canberra Partnership Board were:

    • Prof Ian Chubb (Chair), Vice Chancellor Australian National University;
    • Mr Michael Delaney, Executive Director Motor Trades Association of Australia;
    • Dr Ben Greene, Group Executive Chairman Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd;
    • Prof Ann Harding, Director National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling;
    • Ms Georgina Jenkins, Principal By George Studios Pty Ltd;
    • Mr David Malloch, Director Malloch Digital Designs Pty Ltd;
    • Dr Michelle Miller, Chief Executive Officer Biotron Ltd;
    • Prof Penny Sackett, Director Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics;
    • Mr George Wason, State Secretary Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union; and
    • Mr Derek Volker (ex officio), Chair Council of Education Export

(3) Nil. The Canberra Partnership has ceased operating.

(4) The Canberra Partnership provided policy advice and direction on a number of economic development matters, specifically industry development strategy for the sports, ICT, defence, biotechnology, space science and education export sectors, innovation policy, skills shortages and marketing Canberra. The Board hosted the Skills Solutions Workshop in April 2006 and developed the concept for an ACT Skills Commission, subsequently announced in my Government's 2006-07 Budget.

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