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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 10 May 2018) . . Page.. 1793 ..

Staging national and international cricket in the ACT delivers economic benefits to the territory through direct employment as well as match-related activity, community development activities and tourism. It also capitalises on the ACT government’s investment in Manuka Oval, including the installation of state-of-the-art light towers, additional grandstand seating, the re-laying of playing surfaces and the scheduled media centre upgrade.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, what steps has the ACT government taken to grow Canberra’s place as a host of international sporting fixtures?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cheyne for the supplementary. International sporting events have proven to be an excellent vehicle for showcasing the best of Canberra. As a host city for both the ICC Cricket World Cup and the AFC Asian Cup football tournament in 2015, we demonstrated Canberra’s outstanding credentials as a major events destination.

These successes have shaped the way international sporting bodies see us and paved the way for a host of other opportunities on the international sporting landscape. In 2017 Canberra played host to the Rugby League Anzac Test between Australia and New Zealand, test matches for both Rugby Union and netball, and three Rugby League World Cup matches. Earlier this year Canberra was announced as a host city, and Manuka Oval as a host venue, for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 to be played in Australia in February and March 2020.

The ACT government continues to invest in facilities and participation at all levels of sport, and it is this thriving sports community which underpins the success of elite events. I have no doubt that the February test match will further lock in Canberra’s place on the world sporting stage.

Industrial relations—work safety

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services. Minister, I refer to your answer to my question yesterday about a meeting that you and Minister Stephen-Smith had with the then secretary of the CFMEU on 22 January this year. You stated in your answer that this was about WorkSafe practices in the ACT. Minister, what aspects of WorkSafe practices in the ACT were discussed in this meeting and what was the outcome of the meeting?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Wall for the question. My recollection of the meeting is that it was a relatively broad conversation around improved safety and the ongoing commitment to safety, to better workplaces and better work practices across the ACT, knowing that the government has a very strong commitment to ensuring that everyone who goes to work can go home safely. The outcomes of that meeting were our ongoing dedication to ensuring WorkSafe practices are good for all workers in the ACT.

MR WALL: Minister, is there currently an inquiry, investigation or audit underway into the Work Safety Commissioner, WorkSafe ACT or its powers or functions?

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