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responding due to the location of the fire and because the aerial appliance would not have been effective on this particular fire.

ESA mechanics had the aerial appliance on the road and responding within the agreed time frame. It was released from further duties, as noted above, by the scene commander. The aerial appliance would not have been effective in this particular fire.

Decentralisation and relocation of commonwealth agencies

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (3.33): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that Canberra:

(a) plays an essential role as our nation’s capital and is the national centre of public administration, driven by the expertise and hard work of public servants who are highly capable, diligent and committed in their service to the entire Australian community;

(b) is an excellent example of successful long term decentralisation of the public sector from overcrowded and increasingly congested east coast cities such as Sydney and Melbourne;

(c) is a successful regional centre and partner with the surrounding NSW councils to strengthen economic growth, encourage tourism and foster export opportunities; and

(d) has recently been the subject of ignorant and malicious commentary by some tabloid commentators that residents of this city are “smug”, “entitled”, “live high on the hog”, are “well educated wombles” and “don’t know what real work is”;

(2) also notes the success of continuing efforts by the ACT Government to create and protect jobs in the ACT, including:

(a) supporting our local workforce through a strong pipeline of major infrastructure projects;

(b) promoting Canberra as an education destination, and supporting education and training opportunities for all Canberrans;

(c) developing innovation programs and supporting entrepreneurialism to create private sector jobs and bring new opportunities to the ACT;

(d) encouraging international investment and opening doors for international trade and tourism; and

(e) advocating for, and acting to protect and support, public sector jobs in the ACT;

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