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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2021) . . Page.. 1930 ..

Finally, I could not talk about the infrastructure investment in my portfolio without covering the new Canberra Institute of Technology campus in Woden, which we are building right in the heart of the town centre as part of the broader regeneration of the town centre. When the ACT infrastructure plan was released, we had not even announced which region the new CIT would be built in. Now, less than two years later, we already have work underway on the early designs.

We have undertaken several rounds of community consultation, with more engagement to come, and we are now underway with the procurement of a design and construction contractor. The campus, set to open in 2025, will accommodate over 6,000 students in a state-of-the-art learning environment, inside a building that reflects the best in sustainability and urban design. The CIT campus is undergoing preliminary design work, ahead of construction starting next year.

Alongside this, we are also building a new public transport interchange, supported by a new bus layover and several road upgrades across the Woden town centre. The new Woden interchange will be built to accommodate light rail on Callam Street and will fully integrate with the CIT campus, helping to revitalise Callam Street and supporting the broader regeneration of the Woden town centre.

These are just a few of the key projects and investments that are helping to build and sustain activity in Canberra, get more Canberrans working to keep our economy strong and, at the same time, deliver the essential infrastructure that Canberra will need as we grow in the years to come.

Too many cities fail to plan ahead for growth, which leads to gridlock, reduced quality of life and haphazard solutions which do not work for our community. We are seizing the opportunity now to get on with building for this city’s future. I look forward to continuing to update the Assembly on important projects in my portfolios in the years ahead and as we continue to build infrastructure and skill Canberrans to support our ambitious employment target of 250,000 jobs by 2025.

Debate (on motion by Mr Gentleman) adjourned to the next sitting.

Civil Law (Wrongs) Amendment Bill 2021

Debate resumed from 12 May 2021, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (11.27): The Canberra Liberals support this bill, which is part of a harmonisation of ACT’s defamation law, as agreed by the council of Attorneys-General, and completes the implementation of stage 1 of the defamation reforms. Changes include: firstly, that a plaintiff must demonstrate that a publication caused or may cause serious harm to their reputation and a “serious harm element”; secondly, a one-year limitation period commences when the publication in electronic form is first uploaded; thirdly, certain contractors are included as deemed employees for the purpose of determining whether a corporation has fewer than 10 employees—current law states that only a corporation with fewer than 10 employees is able to sue

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