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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (21 September) . . Page.. 4233..


Hospitals—elective surgery

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations): I table the following letter, which I mentioned in question time today:

National Partnership Agreement—Elective Surgery Waiting List Reduction Plan—Copy of letter from the Hon. Nicola Roxon MP, Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, to the Chief Minister, dated 18 August 2011.

Arts—funding

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (5.20): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the ACT arts sector's valuable contribution to the Canberra community;

(b) the important role government funding plays in developing and sustaining a vibrant arts community;

(c) the ACT Government's commitment to simplifying and streamlining access for local artists and community arts organisations to grants programs, as outlined in the Government's response to the Loxton Review; and

(d) the Government's investment in the 2011-12 Budget to explore the establishment of three Arts Hubs in the ACT, to build on synergies across organisations and facilitate the sharing of administration and resources, so that local arts organisations can concentrate more on arts activity and programs;

(2) expresses concern about the Canberra Liberals' policy to cut funding to the ACT arts community; and

(3) calls on the Government to:

(a) report back to the Assembly in 12 months on the progress of the implementation of the Government's response to the Loxton Review;

(b) consult with the local arts community and other stakeholders on the development of a new ACT Arts Policy Framework; and

(c) ensure an appropriate level of funding for the arts sector that allows for the continued enhancement of a vibrant arts community in the ACT.

The arts make a highly visible and essential contribution to the cultural, social and economic life of the ACT, making Canberra the vibrant city that it is. The arts


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