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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 306..


MS MacDONALD: I thank the minister for that full answer and have a supplementary question. Minister, what other promotion and marketing activities are taking place to promote Canberra and the region as a tourism destination?

MR QUINLAN: We are undertaking a number of activities. We are promoting Canberra and the region as a desirable destination through a series of nine consumer travel shows and expos in 2004. Two new destinations will be added to the travel expo calendar: in addition to travel shows in Canberra's target markets of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, there will also now be Perth and South Australia.

As I have said, there is potential to increase tourism to Canberra and for us to change perceptions of Canberra through the branding campaign that we have in hand, through the promotion of Canberra, through drawing people here and, hopefully, through their returning home with a better idea of the variety of experience that is available in this beautiful city.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Child protection

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, in question time, the shadow attorney asked a question in relation to an answer I gave yesterday, which I undertook to seek further information on. I will clarify and formalise my response to that question.

In a brief discussion with my staff during question time, they advised me that the information I was provided in relation to the reports of the Community Advocate was based on a transcript of an interview between Chris Ullman and Heather McGregor on 16 January. Mr Ullman asks Ms McGregor, "How many annual reports should have been read by the executive and how many annual reports have you mentioned this problem in?"Ms McGregor answered, "My last three annual reports."Chris Ullman responded, "So, three years in a row?"and Ms McGregor answered, "Yes, that's correct."

It was on the basis of that transcript of an interview between Chris Ullman and Heather McGregor that I was advised that this was an issue that had been raised in the last three reports. I will also formally respond to the question that Mr Stefaniak asked.

Kaleen horse paddocks

MR WOOD: I can now respond to Ms Dundas's question about horse paddocks. We are currently discussing the arrangements with the users of the paddocks. I am advised that that is not the horses but the owners. There was a meeting last Wednesday, and there will be another meeting in a couple of weeks time. Currently, for the paddocks that are north of Ellenborough, one proposal is to relocate them south of Ellenborough for the duration of the construction. The project is being managed by Environment ACT.


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