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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 October 2021) . . Page.. 2825 ..


I—Major Projects Canberra.

Indicative Land Release Program 2021-22 to 2025-26.

Financial Management Act—Pursuant to subsection 62(1)—Statements of Intent—2021-22—

ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority, dated 6, 21 and 22 September 2021.

Long Service Leave Authority, dated 6 May and 9 August 2021.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (5.00): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Introduction

This is a pandemic-response budget. It has three clear priorities: to protect the health of our community; to turbocharge our economic recovery; and to deliver on our election commitments.

This budget is the next stage of the government’s plan to support Canberrans through the pandemic and recover from this once-in-a-generation crisis.

It is a budget guided by the principles that have underpinned our response over the last 18 months:

investing in health care and essential services;

protecting and creating jobs; and

protecting our most vulnerable.

The budget sets out our recovery and rebuilding effort.

This is a full-throttle budget to get Canberra’s economy moving again.

It backs the public sector, the community sector and the private sector to work together to drive a stronger economy and to improve community wellbeing.

Through this budget we will continue to build and staff the health system necessary to keep Canberrans healthy and safe. We will create and protect thousands of good, secure, Canberra jobs. And we will continue to drive our transition to a zero-emissions future.

There will be challenging weeks and months ahead as we deal with the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

It is something that is part of our lives now, and probably will be for a long time to come.


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