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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 2368..

Mrs Dunne, without that in front of me I cannot say whether you are right or I am wrong. But let us be very clear that we support public art and let us be clear that you do not support public art, Mrs Dunne. You are very much on record—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS BURCH: Mr Hanson has quoted across the chamber to ban all public art.

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker.


Mrs Dunne: My question was explicit: did the minister use the quote in support of her arguments in favour of public art?

MR SPEAKER: Minister, can we focus on the question and not what Mrs Dunne or Mr Hanson may think of public art, thank you.

Mr Hanson: What do you allege I said?

MS BURCH: You, across the chamber, said, "Ban all the public art."

Mr Hanson: When?

MS BURCH: I could go to Hansard and find that for you.

MR SPEAKER: Members! Ms Burch, if you could focus on the question.

MS BURCH: It was captured.

Mr Hanson: Otherwise come back into this place and apologise.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, thank you. Ms Burch is going to answer the question.

MS BURCH: I think the roundabout question from Mrs Dunne was: was I making reference to that article to support the benefits of public art? Is that the question, Mrs Dunne?

Mrs Dunne: Yes.

MS BURCH: Yes, and I think the answer is yes; I have not stepped away from this government supporting public art.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary.

MRS DUNNE: My supplementary question is: minister, what research has the government undertaken to establish whether and to what extent public art increases property values and will you table that research? If the assertion in your misquotation is not supported by research, why did you use the quotation?

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