Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 6 August 2015) . . Page.. 2448 ..
measuring our city’s economic competiveness and then benchmark Canberra’s performances against similar cities in Australia and overseas.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.
DR BOURKE: Chief Minister, can you inform the Assembly about successful Canberra companies that demonstrate why the government is taking these important steps to accelerate innovation?
MR BARR: There are numerous examples of high growth companies that have benefited from support available within our city’s innovation ecosystem, and these include Enabled Employment, FEI Australia and Aspen Medical. The government’s innovation agenda aims to create even more of these companies by ensuring that services are available to support them to create jobs and to support them to diversify our city’s economy.
I am pleased to be able to inform the Assembly that tomorrow I will officially open SmartWard’s new, expanded office. It was only three years ago that my predecessor, Katy Gallagher, opened SmartWard’s first office in Hall and it is fantastic to be able to attend the opening of their new and expanded office. SmartWard is a successful, innovative Canberra-born starter developing cutting edge technology for the health sector and now employing 15 staff.
SmartWard technology automates patient care management and recordkeeping, providing protection against errors in medication delivery. Deloitte Access Economics has estimated that the adoption of SmartWard technology would save hospitals $50,000 per bed per annum and if this was applied across our country’s public health sector it would save $4.4 billion per annum.
We know that entrepreneurs and smart businesses are essential to expanding Canberra’s economic base, diversifying our economy but, most importantly, creating the new jobs for the future. My government’s commitment to innovation in Canberra will seek to build on this innovation ecosystem to support the growth of more companies like SmartWard.
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Chief Minister. However, before I do that, Madam Speaker, am I entitled to welcome the community here this afternoon?
MADAM SPEAKER: I suppose by way of preamble. It is an opening question. Yes, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: We are pleased to welcome here this afternoon members of the Telopea Park community, Mocca and other community groups in the Manuka and surrounding areas.
Chief Minister, not long after the loss of the Canberra Services Club building in a fire, senior club officials talked about the Canberra Services Club breaking ground in 2012