Page 1322 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 5 May 2015

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Domestic and Family Violence—Letter to the Speaker from Mr Corbell MLA, Attorney-General, dated 7 April 2015, concerning the resolution of the Assembly of 18 March 2015.

Standing order 191—Amendments to the Public Pools Bill 2014, dated 27 March 2015.

MADAM SPEAKER: For the information of members, I point out that Dr Bourke and Mr Doszpot were acting speakers because Ms Porter and I were absent from the ACT at the same time, which is unusual, but we could not get around it in any other way.

University of Canberra annual report

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

University of Canberra Act, pursuant to section 36—University of Canberra—Annual Report 2014 (2 volumes), dated April 2015.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: For the information of members, I table the University of Canberra annual report for 2014. Madam Speaker, a strong University of Canberra is critical to the ACT’s higher education sector and to our wider economy. The recent federal coalition job cuts have underscored the need for us to continue to diversify the territory’s economy. Our higher education and research sector can play a valuable role. They currently add $2.75 billion to the territory economy each year and support almost 16,000 jobs.

Canberra is one of the world’s top student cities. It certainly makes sense for us to play to our strengths, and that is why this government is supporting the growth of our higher education. The university that bears our city’s name is a key part of this economic renewal. We will continue building on the foundations of the University of Canberra campus growth and improvement that has been laid out by Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker by taking the necessary action in this place to facilitate up to $1 billion worth of new investment on the University of Canberra campus.

The annual report of the university shows that in 2014 the University of Canberra and its controlled entities reported positive financial results, with a surplus of $10.3 million in 2014 compared with $6.1 million in 2013. The University of Canberra went through a period of significant transformation in 2014, with new buildings opening for student accommodation, sporting facilities and health services, and seeing the campus become a revitalised space for the benefit of students, staff and the broader Canberra community.

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