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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 1 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 298..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: This question may well be for TAMS, given your last answer: minister, with upgrades to Barry Drive, did those roadworks consider a duplication of Clunies Ross as part of the intersection?

MR RATTENBURY: Perhaps I can assist the Chief Minister on that one. As members are probably aware, some upgrade work was done to Clunies Ross Street at the northern end as part of the works with Barry Drive. But I am not aware of any other plans at this point in time. I will check that and I will endeavour to have an answer for you by the end of question time.

Multicultural affairs—Fringe Festival

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. On Tuesday, 25 February, in response to a question from me about the appointment of the director of the multicultural fringe festival, you stated:

Just at the outset, let us be very clear that no matter how you try to pitch this, it was within my rights of delegation to make that appointment.

Have you used the "rights of delegation" so mentioned to make other appointments in your portfolio areas?

MS BURCH: In reference to the National Multicultural Festival, there are a range of funds that are spent. There is the contract for Timomatic to come in—and other artists that were supported to be part of it. But as far as this festival is concerned, no. My appointment of Jorian Gardner was—

Mrs Jones: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order, Mrs Jones.

Mrs Jones: The point of order is on relevance. It was not a question about this festival only; it was a question about the rights of delegation and whether they have been used in other portfolio areas.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think that maybe Minister Burch was getting there. I will give you some latitude, but I would encourage you to get to the point of the question, which was wider than the Multicultural Festival.

MS BURCH: Let us be clear: this was not employment; this was a deed of grant to someone to provide a service, and that was artistic direction, for the Fringe Festival for the Multicultural Festival in February of this year. Across my portfolios, there are probably times, and I do not have them in front of me, when I do sign off those delegations to buy a service through a deed of grant. But in most recent memory, Jorian Gardner is the one I recall.


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