Page 1072 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 20 March 2013

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DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the success and overwhelming civic pride with which our community has celebrated the centenary of Canberra’s foundation;

(b) the need to ensure that we continue to build on the achievements of the last 100 years through strong leadership, forward looking policies and the delivery of transformational projects; and

(c) that there is growing recognition in our community, in our business sector and in our region that the future of Canberra’s prosperity will require strong leadership to drive the linkages, partnerships and relationships required to continue to build a strong, sustainable and diverse ACT economy; and

(2) calls on the Government to continue to establish and set strong and progressive policies including:

(a) municipal services—continue investment across the city to ensure Canberra remains a great place to live, including more digital information and giving communities a direct say on priorities to improve local places and spaces;

(b) economic development—continue to support the diversification of our private sector and create new jobs through accelerating business innovation, support business investment and foster the right business environment to make Canberra a preferred location for business;

(c) tax reform—continue our work to support a fair, simple and more efficient tax system, reduce the share of inefficient taxes and reduce taxes for lower incomes, and continue with appropriate and targeted assistance for those who need it which will allow the Territory to make investments for the benefit of current and future generations;

(d) tertiary education—harness the potential of our tertiary and research institutions to maximise the opportunities for education, jobs and the economy such as the University of Canberra Hospital in Bruce;

(e) school education—implement a needs-based funding approach to school education;

(f) regional service centre—continue building our capacity to coordinate service planning and delivery in our region, particularly in the areas of health and education;

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