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Financial Management Act—budget review 2016-2017

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (3.45): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to subsection 20A(2)—Budget 2016-2017—Budget review.

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

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I present the 2016-17 budget review, prepared in accordance with section 20A of the Financial Management Act 1996. The budget review reaffirms the government’s commitment to building a stronger and more diversified economy while investing in initiatives that create jobs. The government remains committed to supporting and boosting the ACT economy, with a focus on creating jobs and delivering services to the community. We remain committed to investing in infrastructure that generates economic growth and supports our community in the longer term.

The government is continuing to create more jobs for Canberrans and improving the territory’s productivity through its investment in major infrastructure projects. The territory’s capital works program represents projects totalling more than $2.9 billion over four years and includes projects such as the hugely popular light rail stage 1, the University of Canberra public hospital and the new ACT law courts facilities.

The 2016 election provided Canberrans with an opportunity to have their say on these projects. With the election result, particularly the exceptional primary vote for the Labor Party along the stage 1 corridor of light rail, which approached 60 per cent in some booths, Canberrans sent the strongest possible signal that they support the delivery of major infrastructure projects. Let me say that this government will continue to work hard to deliver this program of positive and city-defining infrastructure developments.

Prudent service delivery remains at the forefront of the government’s efforts. Our positive and inclusive values and principles were clearly reflected not only in the 2016-17 budget but in the policies we took to the election and that were so strongly endorsed by the people of Canberra last October. Careful economic management, as indicated in the documents I have just tabled, the provision of world-class services and support for those who need a helping hand will remain a focus of our future policy work.

The 2016-17 budget saw the ACT government make a clear statement of our values and our priorities. We rolled out the largest-ever family violence prevention strategy delivered in the territory’s history, and we will respond and improve on this priority

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