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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1388 ..

I am sure the 2,250 prospective buyers who are going to be let down in Taylor are also not going to buy this government’s message.

This government has a privileged position, to be not only in a position of power but also to be in a position of power with all the levers when it comes to supply. To that end we call on the government to steadily increase the supply of new dwellings to market so that we can have some certainty and so that people who grow up in this city or who choose to live in this city can afford to buy a property and therefore secure their family’s future.

Discussion concluded.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Sejong self-governing city

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (4.46): A few weeks ago, our Assembly received a visit from Mayor Lee Choon Hee of Sejong City, South Korea. Sejong, in the heart of South Korea, is a vibrant, dynamic new city that was established in 2012 to become the new administrative centre for South Korea. Starting with bringing together several government ministries and agencies and a workforce of over 16,000 public servants, today it is a self-described “happy city” with a population of approximately 250,000, which is estimated to exceed 400,000 by 2020. Clearly, Koreans do not do things slowly.

Located 140 kilometres from Seoul, or 50 minutes on the super-fast KTX train, Sejong is a self-governing city, governed by Mayor Lee. I had the great pleasure of meeting Mayor Lee on his visit to Canberra a few weeks ago at which time I was appointed an ambassador for the city. It is a great privilege to be appointed in this role. The reason I accepted such a great privilege is because of the many common qualities and values that this city shares with Canberra.

Like Canberra, Sejong City is a purpose-created city specifically intended to be the heart of the government for that country. Like Canberra, Sejong City has self-governing powers and responsibilities. Like Canberra, Sejong City prides itself on its green city initiatives and is working rapidly up the ladder to become one of the most liveable cities in the world. There is little doubt as to why Sejong is keenly interested in pursuing a sister city relationship, or something similar, with our great city.

Madam Deputy Speaker, as you and the Chief Minister will no doubt agree, having met Mayor Lee and observing in person the great passion he has to achieve great things for his city, Sejong is on the cusp of an exciting time in its goal to be the future city for Korea. Despite my jokes to Mayor Lee that we, at over 100 years old, are the

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