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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 4308..


MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Apart from the condescension, I thank Mr Barr. Minister, have you initiated any discussions to acknowledge our volunteers and Canberra's place in the 2000 Olympics and, if yes, what has been discussed? If not, why not?

MR BARR: I understand that Mr Guthrie, through Territory Venues and Events, has had some discussions in relation to elements of the Canberra Stadium's involvement as an Olympic venue. He did bring that to my attention. Of course, I acknowledged that I would not be able to attend a particular event in that week as I was overseas in China, representing the ACT at an education and trade event, on which I certainly will be reporting to the Assembly in due course. Mr Guthrie did indicate on behalf of Territory Venues and Events and the Canberra Stadium management that certain activities would be undertaken.

MR HANSON: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, will you support recognition of the Canberra Stadium as an Olympic legacy venue? If not, why not? If yes, what actions have you taken or will you take?

MR BARR: I must say that it is not an issue that is taking up much of my attention at this moment. I am happy to consider the matter in due course. We, of course, do not own Canberra Stadium; it is owned by the commonwealth. It may be more appropriate for the owners of the stadium to make those particular decisions. We have a lease over Canberra Stadium that is coming to a conclusion. If it is appropriate—and I am happy to have those conversations—to recognise Canberra Stadium in the way that the member has suggested, I am happy to consider that. But I must confess that this is not the issue that is at the top of my agenda in any of my portfolios at this time.

Roads—speed cameras

MR HARGREAVES: I was tempted to ask the minister a question about whether there was consultation with Taubmans paints but I will not.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, no preamble.

MR HARGREAVES: We have had that conversation. My question is to the Chief Minister as minister for transport. Chief Minister, yesterday you released the forward design study on the introduction of point-to-point road safety cameras in the ACT. How will point-to-point cameras help change the speed culture of Canberra drivers?

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves. I am very happy to see the enormous interest in transport and transport-related issues today. It is about time. It has taken two years for a question from the opposition on transport.


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