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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 March 2015) . . Page.. 674 ..

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

In its report on the Appropriation (Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication) Bill 2014-2015, the committee noted that successful implementation of the loose-fill asbestos insulation eradication scheme would effectively require a coordinated approach across several directorates and agencies. To ensure adequate coordination and monitoring, the committee recommended that the government table quarterly progress reports on the implementation of the scheme. The government agreed with the recommendation, stating:

The Government has already agreed to do so. The Chief Minister’s Ministerial Statement on 30 October 2014 was the first such report.

Accordingly, as an ongoing inquiry, the committee resolved on 10 March 2015 to inquire into all tabled quarterly progress reports and report to the Assembly as follows:

1) on any items or matters in those reports, or any circumstances connected with them, to which the Committee is of the opinion that the attention of the Assembly should be directed; and

2) any other relevant matter.

Business development strategy

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events) (10.09), by leave: I start by saying I am determined to create jobs, to diversify the local economy and to strengthen our city. As Chief Minister, Treasurer and Minister for Economic Development, the focus of my leadership is on the renewal and economic independence of our modern, vibrant city, and that requires implementing a coordinated and comprehensive business development strategy that is flexible enough to cope with changing external environments while setting the firm foundations for those areas of growth where we have natural competitive advantages.

We need to be bold, to grasp opportunities as they arise, as well as have the capacity to create new industries. For some time now we have not been able to simply rely upon the federal government to support our wider city. Canberra is changing, and our economy must change with it. My government is driving this change so that our local businesses can compete here and anywhere in Australia or, indeed, anywhere in the world.

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