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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2016) . . Page.. 320 ..


sensible engagement with risk, transparency in decision-making, genuine stakeholder engagement, integrity and probity, stewardship of the public interest, efficiency, and a focus on specifying and monitoring performance. Even then, it is the behaviour of the entity, and the individuals that comprise it, that will make the biggest difference. They will be supported by sound governance frameworks and a positive organisational culture.

The government has now commissioned the best advice on the best way to guide and deliver the urban renewal transformation of Canberra, starting with Civic, and to continue to provide a reliable and affordable supply of new houses for housing development. I propose to bring forward the government’s preferred structure, the government’s preferred governance approach and the necessary legislative amendments in the New Year. We are getting on with the job now so that these new entities will be in place, staffed and operating from 1 July 2017.

In conclusion, we can all agree that Canberra is a great city. But the city that we love can be even better. It can have more of a vibrant urban heart, and it can provide more choices for the people, the families, that choose to live here and choose to stay here. The time is right for the government to provide focus, to provide resources and to provide expertise to lead this necessary transformation of our city. We are not starting from scratch, or with urban wastelands, as other cities have had to do. But the need for transformation and the need for renewal are no less pressing. Doing nothing is not an option. We will not let change shape us. Together Canberrans will shape the change and build the city of the future.

I present the following paper:

Building the Future—Ministerial statement, 15 December 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Retirement of Mr Roger Malot

Statement by Assistant Speaker

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lee): Before I call the Chief Minister, I have a statement to make. Members, I would like to say a few words regarding the retirement of a long-serving member of the Assembly staff. This Ninth Assembly will be the first Assembly without Roger Malot. Roger retired on 21 September after 27 years of keeping the Assembly in the public eye.

From when he commenced working at the Assembly on 15 May 1989, Roger reliably and calmly, and with great good humour, ensured that the Assembly’s proceedings in print, electronic and audio-visual form were available exactly when they should be.

Roger was responsible for the ACT Assembly being the first Australian legislature to


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