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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 5316..


MR SPEAKER: Ms Burch, you have the floor. Mr Doszpot's question was quite clear.

MS BURCH: I believe I have answered the question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question?

MR DOSZPOT: I do not believe my question was answered. I was simply asking: what index was used for the calculation?

MR SPEAKER: Is that your supplementary question?

MR DOSZPOT: No, that is not my supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: There is no preamble on supplementaries; so come straight to your question, thank you.

MR DOSZPOT: My supplementary is to the minister again. What feedback have you had from small community stallholders about this increase in costs for the stalls?

MS BURCH: Again I go to my comments that it is around participation from multicultural communities, organisations and the diplomatic community-35 applications from the diplomatic community, 126 from the multicultural community, 18 from commercial organisations for a three-day festival that is maintaining key, signature events.

Mr Stanhope: One hundred and twenty-six. That's the reaction. One hundred and twenty-six community organisations are very happy with the fee.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, you drowned out your colleague. Ms Burch has the floor.

Opposition members interjecting-

MS BURCH: I will be quiet now, thank you. Until they stop, I will sit down.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Minister, what consideration was given by you and your department to small community stallholders who may not be able to afford to pay the fees for the 2010 Multicultural Festival?

MS BURCH: The government Multicultural Festival participation policy is on the Multicultural Festival website and has been distributed to all community groups, diplomatic corps and those with an interest in commercial operations there. That participation policy has dual purposes. One is:

... to provide a framework that ensures that the opportunity exists for all members of Canberra's ethnic community groups wishing to showcase their respective cultural traditions can do so as stallholders or as performers as well as to ensure the financial viability ... into the future.


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