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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra—achievements and future initiatives

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the achievements of the ACT Government and the ACT community over the past year, including:

(a) achieving the lowest unemployment rate of any jurisdiction at 3.8 percent and creating 6700 jobs over the past 12 months;

(b) achieving the highest economic growth in the country of 4.6 percent;

(c) increasing international visits by 9 percent to a total of 221 000 visitors and being recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the top three cities in the world to visit;

(d) sourcing 30 percent of ACT’s electricity supply from renewable sources, with approximately 75 percent of this achieved through generation secured as part of the Government’s reverse auction program;

(e) leading a delegation to the 2017 International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide and promoting Canberra as the nation’s leader in space and spatial technologies;

(f) supporting Canberra’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) community with the establishment of the Office of LGBTIQ Affairs; and

(g) achieving the highest turn out rate and the highest “Yes” vote of any jurisdiction in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey;

(2) further notes that these achievements provide a strong foundation for initiatives planned for 2018, including:

(a) the opening of the University of Canberra Public Hospital with capacity for 140 inpatient beds and 75 day places;

(b) commencing construction of a Gungahlin nurse-led Walk-in Centre;

(c) further investment in public transport with more and better bus services and the completion of stage one of the light rail network;

(d) continuing to work towards the ACT Government’s target of having 100 percent electricity supplied from renewable sources by 2020;

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