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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2156..


Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The table below shows the General Government Sector operating result predicted in the March Consolidated Statements, the audited operating result and the variation for the financial years commencing 1996-97 to 2000-01:

Financial Year

March

Full Year

Projection

Audited

Outcome

Variation between March Report Estimate and Final Result

$m

$m

$m

1996-1997

-201

-170

31

1997-1998

-150

-157

-7

1998-1999

-150

-162

-12

1999-2000

-29

81

110

2000-2001

47

66

19

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Weekend of ideas

(Question No 201)

Mr Humphries asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 4 June 2002:

(1) Has the Government provided any funding to the "Weekend of Ideas" held recently in Canberra; if so, which agency/agencies provided funding and how much funding did each agency provide.

(2) If funding was provided, what benefit did the ACT receive as a result of providing funding to this event.

Mr Wood: The answer to Mr Humphries' question is as follows:

1. The ACT Government, through Festivals ACT, (Arts and Cultural Services, DUS) has provided funding support of $5,000 to The Canberra Weekend of Ideas, which was organised by Manning Clark House Incorporated. The ACT Government funding support assisted towards marketing and printing costs of a comprehensive brochure.

2. The Canberra Weekend of Ideas offered a diverse array of more than 35 highly respected thinkers from Canberra and around the country who gave their time generously and free of charge to discuss a range of contemporary issues.

The program was held on 1-3 March and offered the wider Canberra community an opportunity to participate, free of charge, in highly stimulating debates on a wide range of topics.

The program attracted 1100 people over three days. The inaugural Canberra Weekend of Ideas at Manning Clark House was perceived as very successful by all participants and the organisers and the next event is scheduled from 28 February to 2 March 2003, with the proposed theme of 'Science and Ethics.'

The Canberra Weekend of Ideas has the potential to grow into a significant national event celebrating Canberra's intellectual life and its unique range of institutions where progressive thinking takes place.


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