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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 5 Hansard (2 April) . . Page.. 1829..


MR BARR (continuing):

that from the Leader of the Opposition. So thank you to all of those who did contribute. We look forward to an exciting reform agenda in the planning portfolio.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Adjournment

Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Unit titles

Arts events

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.14): Yesterday in question time Mr Corbell was asked why an officer from the Office of Regulatory Services would tell a unit owner that the government had no intention of publishing or distributing information to unit owners in the form of an information book on the changes to the Unit Titles Act. Mr Corbell responded that he would ensure that all officers are aware of the government's position on this matter in future.

My office spoke to the unit owner who raised this matter with us, and he added another piece of information, which I would like to pass on to the government for them to deal with appropriately. During the conversation that my constituent had with the Office of Regulatory Services, he was advised that really he should be speaking to ACTPLA about matters relating to unit titles, because they had carriage of those matters. That is not my understanding; I thought that the consumer protection parts of the Unit Titles Act rested fairly with the Attorney-General's department. My constituent had his call transferred to ACTPLA, who indicated that they had no idea what he was talking about.

I suggest to both ministers present that they might wish to ensure that both ACTPLA and the Office of Regulatory Services are aware of what is happening in relation to unit titles and the commitments that have been made. And perhaps other agencies that deal with unit owners, such as ACAT, should be brought up to speed with what the government has committed to doing in relation to the Unit Titles Act.

In the last little while, Madam Assistant Speaker Le Couteur, I have seen you around the traps at a large number of arts functions, including last night. I thought that it was time to pay particular tribute to the great diversity of arts experiences that we can have in the ACT. In the last little while in my capacity as the shadow minister for arts, I have been trying to get to as many events as possible.

On a couple of occasions, I have had great pleasure in visiting the M16 gallery, which is a gallery for mainly emerging artists. One of the exhibitions that I attended there was for artists with a disability. More recently, I attended what might be called a more mainstream exhibition of their resident artists, those who have studio space there. M16 provides a great stepping-off point for people who are often fairly recently out of art school. The diversity and quality of the work is extraordinary. I must pay tribute to the staff and administration at M16 for providing such a fantastic service. One of the


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