Page 963 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2018

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New Zealand flight is one of our key economic development priorities in the New Zealand relationship.

MS CODY: Chief Minister, how will you continue to develop the sister city relationship with Wellington when the direct Singapore Airlines service ends in May?

MR BARR: I met with our incoming High Commissioner, Ewen McDonald, and outlined the ACT government’s ongoing priorities. We will continue to engage directly with the Wellington City Council and their Regional Economic Development Agency through the Commissioner for International Engagement and, indeed, with ministerial colleagues directly visiting New Zealand. The Deputy Chief Minister is leaving for New Zealand this afternoon to progress a range of opportunities in her portfolio areas. We will continue to host the very successful Canberra Week in Wellington.

MR STEEL: Chief Minister, what role will the Commissioner for International Engagement and other ministers play in continuing to develop the closer relationships with New Zealand and Wellington?

MR BARR: The commissioner continues to drive the engagement agenda with our key international partners, hosting inbound delegations, working with the diplomatic community in Canberra and undertaking and supporting trade delegations outbound. The commissioner recently met with a range of key stakeholders in Wellington to continue progressing the actions in our sister city agreement.

The commissioner continues to meet with a range of key stakeholders in the Wellington City Council as well as Wellington airport and New Zealand aviation authorities and a range of key arts organisations to meet the key items of our sister city agreement. Cultural exchanges that connect the arts communities and event development in national institutions are part of that agreement. There is no doubt that the enduring success of this relationship is due in large part to the hard work and enthusiasm of the commissioner.

On that happy note, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Wall) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Miss C Burch for this sitting due to illness.

Estimates 2018-2019—Select Committee


MADAM SPEAKER: I have been notified in writing of the following nominations for membership of the Select Committee on Estimates 2018-2019: Ms Cheyne, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Lee, Ms Orr and Mr Wall.

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