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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 13 Hansard (12 November) . . Page.. 4966..


MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Burch has the floor.

MS BURCH: I am quite happy to bring back to the Assembly the full cost of all stalls.

Mr Hanson: Why? We know the costs.

Mr Doszpot: There is a shorter time frame for people to make money.

MR SPEAKER: Order! If you want a question, you can stand up and ask it.

MS BURCH: That is right. I will bring that advice back to you.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question?

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Is the government relying on commercial and community groups to recoup the funds lost as a result of the cost blow-out of the festival?

MS BURCH: The short answer is no. Sponsorship is coming in to the festival. We have a government budget for the festival and we are not calling on the festival to be underwritten, as you are trying to imply, by the community sector.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Minister, what is the anticipated revenue from the festival in 2010?

MS BURCH: Thank you for the question. We have a firm budget or funding of $418,000. If the question relates to the income from stalls, I have to bring that information back. We have a number of stalls that are available. Depending on the number that is picked up and the balance between commercial stalls and community stalls, that figure is yet to be determined.

Galilee day program-funding

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Community Services, Ms Burch. Minister, organisations such as Galilee play an important role in providing support for young people who have disengaged from learning. The Galilee day program is an alternative education program for young people in substitute care who are not attending school. Minister, will you guarantee that funding for the Galilee day program in particular will not be withdrawn by the Office of Children, Youth and Family Support?

MS BURCH: Thank you for the question, and do bear with me while I just try and find some information that I have on that, which seems to be escaping me just at the minute. Can you repeat the question, so I might be able to-

MR COE: The final part was: minister, will you guarantee that funding for the Galilee day program in particular will not be withdrawn by the Office of Children, Youth and Family Support?


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