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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 February 2018) . . Page.. 256 ..

I would like to finish by noting that the ACT government will this year fulfil its election commitment to deliver a secure local jobs package. We are committed to using our purchasing power to deliver better outcomes for Canberra workers and local business. The proposed secure local jobs package will introduce an integrated suite of measures directed to ensuring that only businesses meeting high ethical and labour standards will be awarded government contracts. The package will streamline existing procurement requirements, enhance compliance and enforcement measures, and provide a clear, transparent process for resolving issues that arise with respect to ACT government contracts. This package rewards businesses who do the right thing by their employees and abide by their industrial obligations.

I am excited about the year ahead across all of my portfolios and look forward to realising these priorities for the benefit of the Canberra community. I present a copy of the statement:

Priorities 2018—Ministerial statement, 15 February 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Appropriation Bill 2017-2018 (No 2)

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement, a Human Rights Act compatibility statement and supplementary budget papers.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (11.42): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I have tabled today the second Appropriation Bill 2017-18 together with a partner bill, the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-18 (No 2), and supplementary budget papers in accordance with section 13 of the Financial Management Act 1996.

Earlier this week I delivered the budget update which shows that the territory’s fiscal position continues to strengthen and our economy is powering ahead. This has created room in the budget to make some further priority investments in front-line services for Canberrans in areas like health, education, transport and the concessions program. The appropriations bill, which I have tabled, provides directorates with resources to get these initiatives and projects underway this year so that our community can start seeing the benefits more quickly.

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