Page 727 - Week 02 - Thursday, 12 February 2009

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This bill continues to protect the publication, film and computer games industries from piracy and makes important improvements to the National Classification Scheme to ensure that the classification scheme keeps up to date with technology. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Economy—stimulus package

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (10.57): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) congratulates the Rudd Federal Labor Government for acting swiftly and comprehensively to minimise the impact of the global economic slowdown on communities around the country, including the ACT community, through its $42 billion stimulus package; and

(2) welcomes the strong leadership shown by the Rudd Federal Labor Government in responding to the global economic downturn, noting that the ACT stands to benefit from a direct investment of around $350 million, constituting, though not limited to:

(a) the largest single Commonwealth injection into the ACT education sector since self-government, allowing for new or upgraded facilities for every ACT school;

(b) the largest single Commonwealth injection into public housing since self-government, allowing for the construction of new community housing and public housing upgrades;

(c) free ceiling insulation for ACT homes, stimulating the construction sector and helping the Territory meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets;

(d) providing eligible Canberrans with one-off cash payments to support the ACT’s retail sector and the thousands of Canberrans employed in this sector;

(e) an investment in ACT roads and other local community infrastructure, stimulating our construction industry, providing work for road engineers and making our roads safer; and

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