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Finally, Mr Speaker, I table a copy of the legislative program for this sitting. It is a credible and achievable legislative program. Members will be aware that the 1995 autumn sitting period is relatively short due to the effect of the ACT election. Nevertheless, in coming months the Government will be bringing forward a series of important legislative initiatives that are part of the strategies I have outlined today. Members will note that further Bills are likely to be added to the program in the course of this sitting period. I would like to point out that this Government intends to be remembered not for the amount of legislation it introduces but for the amount of legislation we can get rid of over the life of this Government. We do not believe that this Assembly's time should be taken up by legislation or regulations that are simply unnecessary. We have already put in place mechanisms by which this can be achieved. Mr Speaker, over the next three years, my colleagues and I will do everything we can to bring a new style of city government to the ACT - a style that reflects what Canberrans want and what they should have from their Assembly. I table a copy of this statement, and I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

Debate (on motion by Ms Follett) adjourned.


Ministerial Statement

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement on the Government's business development policies.

Leave granted.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I am very pleased to have the opportunity to present a ministerial statement to you today for the first time as Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism. I am particularly pleased because this portfolio is a very important one for the future wellbeing of the ACT community. Today I wish to set out the ACT Government's vision for business and industry and the new administrative structure that we have created to help achieve this vision.

The Liberal Government recognises that Australia's economic environment is changing. The ACT must now compete aggressively with other States for new business markets and create new jobs for Canberrans, particularly for young people. We must create a competitive business environment within Canberra. Our job is made the more difficult by the fact that we need to compensate for the steadily reducing role that the public sector will play in the ACT's future growth. This means that we have to stimulate growth and diversification in export earning activities. Mr Speaker, the initiatives that I will outline today are part of a comprehensive and coherent program that the Liberal Government will be putting into place over the coming months. It is squarely aimed at actively fostering a strong and vibrant economy in the Canberra region, and generating employment, investment and income through developing and marketing our industry potential.

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