Page 1362 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 3 May 2016

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On a related procedural issue, ministers have requested that the committee agree to dispense with the relevant standing orders. The committee reminds ministers that such decisions are matters for the Assembly, not the committee. Scrutiny report 44 was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS BURCH (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services relating to a correction of a tabled report. On 5 April of this year the committee tabled its report No 12 entitled Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2014-2015. The report as tabled included five recommendations in the text but only four recommendations in the summary of recommendations. Therefore, I seek leave to table a correction to fix this error.

Leave granted.

MS BURCH: I present the following paper:

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 12—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2014-2015—Correction.

Ministerial delegation to Singapore and China

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.05): I would like to report to the Assembly on a ministerial delegation that I led to Singapore and China between 11 and 18 April this year.

The primary objectives of the Singapore leg of the mission were to consolidate the relationship between the ACT government and Singapore Airlines ahead of the commencement of direct flights in September; to gain an insight into the scale of Singapore Airlines’ operations and their business model prior to the commencement of services; to discuss Canberra’s future economic, social and cultural agenda and potential collaboration opportunities with the Singapore government; to promote Canberra’s strengths and capabilities in world-leading research and development, and attract the attention of Singapore companies to Canberra’s innovation landscape; to support and collaborate on mutually beneficial activities for Canberra and Singapore businesses; and to promote the benefits of direct international flights through media engagement.

The primary objective of the mission to China was to attend the Australia Week in China activities, which was the largest ever trade delegation that has left Australian shores. The mission also focused on promoting opportunities to grow Canberra’s inbound tourism market with China and international education through partnerships with universities in the ACT.

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