Page 144 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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Mr Rattenbury has pointed out, it has taken some time. I refer back to the debate in March last year and would like to point out that in less time than we are asking for this to be created, the government has created the Capital Metro Agency, including hiring staff, setting up a website, and issuing a whole lot of material associated with that. If they had wanted to do this back after the debate in March last year, they certainly could have done so. That was well before we had the discussion about the sixth minister.

Having said that, I welcome the Chief Minister and Minister Rattenbury’s reaffirmation of their commitment to a single nature conservation agency. I reiterate that the Canberra Liberals support that and that many of our stakeholders support that. At this point we will support the government’s amendment, taking very seriously their commitment to look at the single nature conservation agency in line with the appointment of the sixth minister.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Employment—government support

MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (11.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that employment in the ACT has grown to an all-time high of 213 300 positions in January 2014 from 172 600 positions in October 2001;

(b) the recent growth in the Australian Public Service from 56 648 Canberra based positions in 2007 to 65 353 in 2013;

(c) the ACT unemployment rate in January 2014 was 3.8% and the lowest in the country;

(d) the impacts that 12 000 job cuts from the Australian Public Service will have on the economy;

(e) the infrastructure investments of the ACT Government in the 2013 2014 Budget; and

(f) the ongoing work of business, unions and government to strengthen the ACT economy; and

(2) calls on the Government to continue to:

(a) invest in infrastructure projects that provide high quality employment opportunities in the ACT;

(b) work with business and unions to create new economic and employment opportunities;

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