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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1185..


information from the board of the NDIA which showed that, over time, as more people were joining in to the scheme—I think there are around 5,000 in the scheme now—the overall cost of packages was progressively coming down. I think that is what had led to the recommendation in the report.

We remain committed to the rollout as agreed in our bilateral agreement. It is important that we prioritise people with a disability. That is what the NDIS does. COAG agreed that that should remain the case. So I think some of the uncertainty presented by that recommendation has been addressed in the COAG communique of Friday afternoon.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, will you table the ACT's equivalent of the audit commission report—that being the Costello review?

MS GALLAGHER: No. That matter has been dealt with by the Assembly.

Multicultural affairs—Fringe Festival

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for the Arts.

Members interjecting—

MR SMYTH: Minister, you have been recorded in today's Canberra Times that this year's Fringe Festival—

MADAM SPEAKER: I am sorry, Mr Smyth; I was unable to hear your beginning because of the interjections from Ms Gallagher and Mr Coe. Could I ask you to start again, please?

MR SMYTH: I certainly can. My question is to the Minister for the Arts. Minister, it has been recorded in today's Canberra Times that this year's Fringe Festival included strict acquittal processes, and was a success. These are comments attributed to you. However, the festival director that you directly selected was quoted in the same article as saying:

The festival had cost $35,000. On top of the $20,000 grant, it made $8500 on the bar, leaving a $7500 loss.

With "strict acquittal"processes, as you claimed in this project, how is it that the Fringe Festival made a loss of $7,500?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Smyth for his question. Mr Gardner was provided with a grant for $20,000 to put on a fringe festival. He was asked to acquit to the $20,000 and he has done so. So we gave a grant of $20,000, and he has acquitted to a grant of $20,000.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth


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