Page 5274 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 15 November 2011

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MR CORBELL: I simply have no recollection of the exchange that Mr Seselja and Mr Doszpot are referring to. I will need to check the record and refresh my memory before I give an answer to this place. Therefore, I take the question on notice.

MR SESELJA: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Attorney, did you seek to put words into the mouth of an independent statutory office holder and hold that to be the basis for your claim that the current penalty for manslaughter is adequate?

MR CORBELL: I would never act in that manner. In relation to the substance of the question, I simply refer Mr Seselja to my previous answer. You were asking me about a series of exchanges that occurred a number of years ago. They are not matters—as they relate to exchanges in relation to a committee inquiry that occurred some time before that, if I recall the question correctly, it is entirely reasonable for me to go and refresh my memory about the circumstances before I seek to provide any answer to the Assembly, and that is what I will do.

Trade mission to the United States

MS PORTER: My question is to Minister Barr. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on your recent trade mission to the United States?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for her question. I am pleased to report to the Assembly on a particularly successful ACT government trade mission to Washington DC which I led between 30 October and 4 November.

Members may be aware that earlier this year, in July, with the assistance of the Australian Ambassador to the United States, Kim Beazley, I announced the launch of a new initiative for the ACT government, a pilot program, to be delivered in close partnership with Austrade, aimed at developing new markets for ACT businesses that are focused on delivering innovative commercial solutions in public sector administrations and in the delivery of public sector services.

The ACT exporting solutions to government pilot program was conceived and developed in recognition of the territory’s clear strengths—strengths as both a centre of excellence for public sector administration and a key Australian contributor of innovation in the public sector sphere. The pilot program has focused on companies with proven capabilities, companies that are already delivering effective solutions to governments in an Australian context. The objective was to expand their capability and knowledge to win business in the US public sector market.

I am pleased to report that it was a very successful trade mission. Our focus on a market with so many correlations and consistencies with the ACT economy looks highly likely to deliver very strong dividends for those participating companies.

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