Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 August 2018) . . Page.. 2506 ..
Leave of absence
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Ms Fitzharris to attend an interstate ministerial council meeting for today and tomorrow.
Motion (by Mr Wall) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Mr Hanson for today for personal reasons.
Australian Space Agency
MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (12.03): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes that the global space industry is growing exponentially, and Canberra is best placed in Australia to support the Australian Space Agency with strong government partnerships, links to nation-leading education and research institutions, and existing world-class space technology and infrastructure;
(2) acknowledges that Canberra has played a vital role in the invigoration of the space industry in Australia in recent years, and has provided leadership in the national conversation on the space industry, including by:
(a) successfully arguing for the establishment of the first Australian Space Agency;
(b) investing $375 000 to help establish a space mission design facility to bring together industry, agencies and the research sector to rapidly design and validate the technical and economic viability of space missions;
(c) providing $1 million over the last three years to leading education institutions in Canberra to strengthen Canberra’s space sector;
(d) providing $250 000 in funding to enable free access to the largest space testing facilities in the country; and
(e) committing to investing $9.75 million over the next three years in stimulus and innovative infrastructure projects under the Priority Investment Program;
(3) notes that:
(a) the Chief Minister has met with the newly appointed head of the Space Agency to advocate for Canberra as the logical permanent home of the Agency; and
(b) Federal Labor has committed to permanently basing the Agency headquarters in Canberra should it win the next election;
(4) further notes the co-location of the Australian Space Agency with key Commonwealth departments in Canberra enables the Agency to effectively carry out its primary role of coordinating Australia’s space policy, in particular: