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ACT opposition leader Elizabeth Lee will highlight the importance of bringing interstate and international students back to Canberra as a key area to revive the territory’s economy after the lockdown. Ms Lee will say that the ACT government should work with the federal government in a number of areas, including infrastructure and the return of international students, in her budget response on Friday. The opposition leader will also use the speech to criticize the ACT government over the lack of additional business support in the 2021-22 budget. “This lockdown and the intrusion of Delta has once again revealed the arrogant and complacent control of Labor and the Greens over our area over the last 20 years,” Ms Lee said. “Despite the efforts of society and our hard-working front-line workers, lockdown and its economic downturn will leave lasting consequences for business, families and vulnerable Canberrans.” When she spoke Thursday, Lee was appalled by the budget, which she described as a “patch” that she claimed outlined very few new projects. “This is a government that is very good at spinning. It knows how to market things and package messages that are actually old money,” she said. In Friday’s budget speech, Mrs Lee will point to four areas that she believes are the key to the economic recovery from the pandemic. These include a boost to local businesses, getting kids safely back to the classroom and jobs to local artisans. MORE LEGAL BUDGET: She will also call on the Territorial Government to work with the Commonwealth and universities to bring back international students. “Canberra is the knowledge capital of Australia and we can be the knowledge capital of the world,” she said. “We need to work with the Commonwealth Government, our universities and the higher education sector on a plan to get international students back to our city as soon as we can safely do so.” Not only do our international students support our university and tertiary and vocational education sectors, they also bring a wealth of their culture, language and voice — making our city more vibrant, more dynamic. “Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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