Page 2014 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 5 June 2018

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MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (3:00): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Growing services for our growing city

The 2018-19 Territory Budget invests in the core public services Canberrans need.

At the same time as we deliver on our commitment to return the budget to balance, we are growing services and infrastructure to make sure this city keeps getting better for everyone who lives here.

We are delivering new local schools and more places for kids at our existing ones. We are strengthening front-line care in our hospitals and making commuting quicker with better transport infrastructure. We are boosting our investment in services for our city and suburbs, and keeping Canberrans safe by recruiting more first responders for our police and emergency services.

Madam Speaker, Canberra is growing.

People from across Australia and around the world are moving to Canberra because we are a city of brilliant possibilities. A place full of good jobs that make a difference. A hub for world leading study and research institutes. A community that embraces creativity and champions new businesses.

Our city’s growth is an opportunity. Canberra is more diverse and dynamic today because more people from many different places call it home. But we understand that it also brings some challenges. Services and infrastructure have to step up alongside our community to make sure Canberra keeps getting better as we grow.

No other government in Australia delivers as many services as we do. We take seriously our task to keep Canberra livable with great schools and health care, efficient public transport and local government services, more housing options, a clean environment and exciting events for people to enjoy.

That’s why the ACT Government is growing services for our growing city through the 2018-19 Budget.

Strong and sustained growth, delivering a balanced budget

Four years ago our Government made an important decision.

We chose to prioritise protecting local jobs and services by using the ACT’s budget to keep our economy growing and ensure the Commonwealth’s cuts and the Mr Fluffy crisis did not mean cuts to the local services Canberra families rely on.

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