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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 1 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 299..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, did you consult with the Chief Minister before making this delegation?

MS BURCH: I did not need to and I did not.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, how many other deeds of grant have you personally signed off on?

MS BURCH: You will see that I actually did not sign this deed of grant. The deed of grant is between Jorian Gardner and representatives of the directorate.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Minister, how successful has the contracting of Timomatic been for the festival?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Berry for her question. Indeed, the festival kicked off to a very fine start on the Friday night. There was a range of acts and, of course, the headline act for the Friday night was Timomatic. What is especially worthy of celebration is the history of Timomatic. I understand he is an ex-student of Narrabundah College and that he grew up with a local company, Kulture Break, which also performed on the Friday night. So it was a very strong connection—boy comes home after great success here and overseas to perform in his home town.

I know Mrs Jones was sitting up there in the front row observing Timomatic and the dancers taking their shirts off. She has not complained about that, though! I do not think too many women in town actually did complain about that, I will give you that, Mrs Jones.

MADAM SPEAKER: Would you address the chair, not Mrs Jones.

MS BURCH: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Timomatic was a great success at the festival. I recall that Mrs Jones was there, and I am sure she enjoyed it. It is very good to see a local come back with great success and to share his success and his joy of Canberra with our community.

Sport—economic benefit

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Sport and Recreation. Could the minister explain why the government's investment in sport is important for the local economy?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Berry for the question.

Opposition members interjecting—


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