Page 3628 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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MS FITZHARRIS: I will certainly take the question on notice regarding the Litter Act and the powers available to the ACT government. I would note that, under the Litter Act, I do not think there would be a role for the government to determine whether these pamphlets were either correct or misleading. I will take the question about the Litter Act on notice.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, are there any efforts that can be undertaken by the government to prevent or minimise distribution of factually incorrect material during the postal survey period?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take the question on notice.

Council of Capital City Lord Mayors—ACT relationship

MS ORR: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, you recently attended a meeting of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors in Sydney. Can you please update the Assembly on the activities of the CCCLM, and Canberra’s growing role in driving the group’s agenda?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Orr for the question. The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors met at the end of August and the beginning of September over two days in Sydney for its annual general meeting. These meetings of lord mayors of Australia’s capital cities provide a very valuable opportunity for a key group of city leaders to discuss a range of issues of shared concern and to advocate on behalf of Australia’s capital cities and their residents.

The most recent annual general meeting covered a broad range of issues, including a discussion with the CEO of Infrastructure Australia on the infrastructure challenge facing cities; a discussion with the commonwealth’s assistant minister for cities, the Hon Angus Taylor, on the commonwealth’s smart cities plan; an examination of the impact of climate change on cities; and a discussion of opportunities for commonwealth, state and city governments to work together to incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles.

Through the CCCLM, the ACT will continue to contribute to the development of key cities policy on issues such as city responses to homelessness and the commonwealth government’s recently released crowded places strategy.

I am working to ensure that Canberra takes a leading role in this organisation. I can advise the Assembly that following the annual general meeting, I have been elected chair of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors for 2018. Having been deputy chair in 2017, it was the ACT’s turn to take over the chair of this august body, and it is an ideal time for the commonwealth, together with state and territory governments, to make proper investments in our cities. (Time expired.)

MS ORR: Chief Minister, what benefits has the ACT region received as a result of our membership of the CCCLM?

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