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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 2176..

Art functions—attendance

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.11): Canberra is a city which embraces the arts. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012 culture report, 93 per cent of Canberrans aged 15 years and over have attended at least one cultural venue or event annually, 36 per cent attend popular music concerts, 46 per cent attended art galleries, and 23 per cent attended theatre performances.

Mr Coe interjecting—

DR BOURKE: Last Thursday night I attended the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's Pictures at an exhibition concert at Llewellyn Hall. The concert was supported by the embassy of the Russian Federation to Australia as a gift to Canberra in this centenary year. Thank you, Russia! It was a wonderful evening of fabulous music. The highlight was the Rachmaninov—

Members interjecting—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Gentleman): Order, members!

DR BOURKE: Mr Assistant Speaker, could you stop the clock? Point of order.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please, Clerk.

DR BOURKE: Mr Assistant Speaker, I am being continuously interrupted by Mr Coe whilst I am talking about a matter which is important to hundreds, if not thousands, of Canberrans. I am talking about one of Canberra's most significant institutions. I am being interrupted by this ignoramus from the opposition.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Dr Bourke, thank you.

Mr Coe: Point of order.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I brought the member to order just before you raised your point of order; so we will continue with the adjournment debate, unless you have a point of order, Mr Coe?

Mr Coe: I do have a point of order.


Mr Coe: Firstly, Mr Barr was also interjecting. Secondly, it is probably appropriate for the good doctor to withdraw "ignoramus".

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I do not think it is a word that is not inappropriately used in the chamber every now and again, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: Sorry?

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