Page 1650 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 May 2017

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There is no doubt that Canberra has a role to play in being a solution to product entry to Australia and supporting trade with the Asian region. The investment that has been made in Canberra Airport provides a foundation to capitalise on this emerging freight opportunity.

The ACT government has a clear ambition to connect Canberra and the region with places, markets and sectors where we have shared interests. A coordinated and focused approach to the way in which we engage internationally will help us open and further diversify our knowledge-based economy, to be a genuine player in the global contest for investment and talent, and to promote the many reasons to visit our city. The visit to Singapore clearly aligned with this intent and we will continue to undertake activities of this nature that raise the profile of Canberra on the global stage, support local businesses and, most importantly, drive economic growth and jobs.

The support and active participation of the Canberra business community, our city’s higher education sector and leading industry bodies reinforces that our approach is the right one, and I wish to express my sincere thanks to all of those who contributed.

I present a copy of the statement:

Ministerial Delegation to Singapore—April 2017—Ministerial statement, 11 May 2017.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Alexander Maconochie Centre review—government response

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (10.34): I rise to make a ministerial statement in response to the resolution of the Assembly on 14 December 2016 relating to the Alexander Maconochie Centre. The resolution was:

That this Assembly notes that:

(1) the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) has been the subject of numerous reviews, standing committee inquiries and audits since opening in 2009;

(2) the ACT Government has a responsibility to respond to these reports in a variety of formats, and these responses are a matter of public record;

(3) some of the recommendations from these reviews that were agreed to by the ACT Government over eight years may no longer be current or have ongoing relevance to the security and good order of the AMC;

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