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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1485..


Mr Seselja's amendment negatived.

Dr Bourke's amendments agreed to.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (6.27): Just briefly in closing, I thank members for their support. I think it is important that we as an Assembly and as a community work to ensure that our economy is diversified. Interactive entertainment is one very important part of that. The government have now adopted sometimes the language of saying that they want to diversify the economy; they say that from time to time. But you have to back that up with actions. This is a very important industry. It is an industry with a lot of growth potential and one where we can be offering young people a different career path right here in the ACT.

Many of these companies will hopefully grow right here in the ACT. There is no reason why they cannot be located here and why they cannot actually perform on a world stage from Canberra. That is something we should be very excited about. There are a lot of industries where that is not possible. There are a lot of major industries which Canberra, because of its location and size, just cannot be part of. Interactive entertainment is not one of those, so I think it is important that we get behind it.

This is an industry that looks after itself pretty well, but from time to time government just needs to play its part; it needs to help facilitate. That is what we are calling for here. I thank members for their support. I think it is important that we have expressed our support for a very important industry for the ACT.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Dr Bourke) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

ActewAGL Canberra area theatre awards

Australian Hospitality Association awards

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.29): I rise to continue my acknowledgement of the Canberra area theatre awards, which I commenced on Thursday.

The Crowne Plaza best actress in a featured role in a play went to Judi Crane as Janette in The Pig Iron People. The Queanbeyan Players best actress in a featured role in a musical went to Amy Dunham from Oklahoma. The National Capital Motors best actor in a leading role in a play went to Greg Pringle from A Few Good Men. The Teatro Vivaldi best actor in a leading role in a musical went to Ben Kindon as Mickey Johnstone in Blood Brothers. The National Capital Motors best actress in a leading role in a play went to Liz McBarron from Bombshells. The Teatro Vivaldi best actress in a leading role in a musical went to Christine Forbes from Blood Brothers. The Richards Consulting best choreographer went to Felix Schwartz from Le School.


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