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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (16 March) . . Page.. 874..


MR BARR (continuing):

theme is along the lines of many successful Northern Hemisphere late night festivals that involve special offerings of openings from the national institutions, that involve partnerships, events, special activities—

Mr Smyth: But you said there would be new national events and there have not been.

MR BARR: You are such a moron, Brendan.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr, I invite you to withdraw that.

MR BARR: You are just such a pathetic moron.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker—

MR BARR: If the shadow minister stops interrupting, I will respond to his question. He fails to understand—

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr, I think that was unparliamentary. I invite you to withdraw.

MR BARR: I withdraw, Mr Speaker. In the minute remaining, I will go through this again for the shadow minister for tourism, who seems to suffer from a significant mental block in relation to this issue. The partnership with national attractions for special late night openings and a range of other events and activities, including concerts, food and wine and a range of other activities, started in 2010, this year, with a partnership with the National Gallery around the biggest tourism event this city has ever seen. In 2011, it will expand. We have already had five national institutions wanting to partner with us for the 2011 event.

The theme is around late night openings and special offerings, working with the national institutions. They are our major tourism drivers and we will provide a range of activities around those national institutions, including concerts, including food and wine, including an event hub, including a range of activities. We continue to work closely with the tourism industry, which is something that the shadow minister fails to grasp. (Time expired.)

Government—election promises

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, you flagged recently that the ACT government might have to delay some election promises due to the government's financial position. What commitments have greater priority for implementation: the promises made by the Stanhope-Gallagher government at the 2008 ACT election or the promises made to the Greens under the Greens-Labor agreement?

MS GALLAGHER: Indeed, the government has not taken any decisions around the budget at this point in time. But all of the commitments we made as election commitments and indeed the commitments we have made through the parliamentary agreement remain important for all parties involved in that. We have had a meeting


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