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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 October 2017) . . Page.. 4222 ..

MR BARR: The government is giving consideration to changed circumstances and has adopted a new position.

MR PARTON: What specifically triggered this change? What change of circumstance are we talking about?

MR BARR: No one specific event.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, I am sure you want Mr Hanson to ask his supplementary.

Mr Coe: I think we all do.

MR HANSON: The Chief Minister might not. Chief Minister, why does your government ignore the economic, social and ethical considerations that previous governments had taken into account in the community gaming model?

MR BARR: We have not.

Economy—business confidence

MS CODY: My question is to the Chief Minister. How has the government delivered on its election commitment to continue to strengthen the territory’s local business and boost exports and investment?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Cody for the question. The government’s goal is to grow and diversify Canberra’s economy, and we are implementing the strategies we have developed to achieve this. We took to the election a series of commitments to grow the CBR Innovation Network, to help local businesses take advantage of international markets and to boost particular areas of strength in the territory economy, and we are delivering on those commitments.

Next week the territory government will host an air freight symposium attracting key multinational operators as well as a range of export ready and interested Canberra businesses to ensure that we are making the most of the increased aviation capacity into and out of our airport. We are supporting the Canberra Business Chamber to deliver a range of business development and export-ready programs, and we will continue to support a range of trade delegations to keep delivering new business opportunities for local companies.

The government is partnering with the education and research sector to grow key strength areas in the economy. We are well ahead of the pack and running hard in the key fields of space and spatial technologies. For example, the ACT government’s seed funding to support the ANU and UNSW Canberra has led to the creation of successful spin-out companies such as the recently launched Skykraft, which is building satellites from scratch here in Canberra.

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