Page 730 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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lot of focus going into higher education and our role as a regional centre in New South Wales.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Chief Minister, you have indicated that there is support for this vision. Can you inform the Assembly what other support there is for this vision?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Berry for the question. There has been some very broad-based support for the focus on regional development and higher education. We have had it from not just across the community, reflected in the Labor Party winning an extra seat at the last election, but also in the response from the business community, which of course works across state borders and indeed sees some of the economic opportunities that lie outside the ACT and also how that can drive economic growth within the ACT. There has also been very positive reaction from the local councils, who I meet with quite frequently now as a member of SEROC, and, of course, the education sector. Again, in this competitive environment our education providers are having to think differently about how they provide their services.

Interestingly, also for last week, we got a bit of our first insight into the issues that the new Leader of the Opposition thinks are important for his leadership. I was a bit surprised to see—

Mr Smyth: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MS GALLAGHER: Oh, dear, just as I was getting close!

Mr Smyth: I am not aware that the Chief Minister is responsible for the things that the Leader of the Opposition does and I would ask her to be relevant to the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: The question was about what other support there was for the vision, so unless the Chief Minister is going on to say that Mr Hanson supports the vision, she may be not being directly relevant to the question. I ask you to be directly relevant to the question.

MS GALLAGHER: The question was about support for this vision for Canberra. As I said, I was perusing that famous site RiotACT. All members in this place obviously enjoyed it—some more than others; I think some participate more than others. (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, are you aware of any other areas of support for Labor’s policy commitments?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, I am aware of support for—

Mr Hanson: Are you getting your vision from me, Katy?

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