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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1950..


MS GALLAGHER: That is different; so of the Skywhale—not the program, the Skywhale project?

Mr Wall: Skywhale—the project; my apologies.

MS GALLAGHER: We are not commissioning a particular survey on the Skywhale. I think we are getting a range of feedback from different sources that is showing mixed views. We will evaluate that in terms of—

Members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: There will be local views. I have also seen pieces written by people who actually understand the arts. I did not actually realise we had seven art critics in waiting sitting across the bench. Everyone is an expert in skywhales. They are coming out the door at the moment: I knew about that Skywhale.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson and Mr Coe, you are being disorderly; stop.

MS GALLAGHER: Part of the success or otherwise of the Skywhale will be taken from a variety of sources, including those who actually understand the arts. It will be around—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: I think it is commonly accepted that there will be critiques of art from art critics and that will be part of the evaluation. Part of it will be about the coverage that was received. I know that you are all saying that all the coverage is negative. I do not actually believe that is the case. In fact, I know it is not the case. We will also take feedback, and have been taking feedback, from the local community. As I said, I think there are different elements to the centenary program. They are not all unanimously approved by every member of the community. In fact, there are mixed views on almost every element.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, what brief did your government give to the artist who created this centenary balloon, what assessment was made of whether the artist delivered on that brief and will you table it?

MS GALLAGHER: I will take some advice on that. There were detailed discussions. It was arranged through a single-select tender, with negotiations directly with the artist. I will check on anything more specific. Did the government seek to control the artist in her work? No, we did not.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.


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