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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . .

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MS BURCH: Because we have a strong arts in schools program and a strong unit within ETD that looks across all aspects of curriculum. Arts is part of the Australian curriculum, and we will support it that way.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Minister, could you provide an update on how the government is meeting its commitment to the arts by developing plans for the new Canberra theatre?

MS BURCH: The government is meeting its commitments to develop plans for the new Canberra theatre by providing initial funding of $170,000 for a feasibility study. The study will assess the viability of such a venue and create a concept design within the cultural precinct around the eastern perimeter of City Hill. The outcomes of the study will allow a rigorous business case for the new facility to be put to government for consideration.

Economic Development is undertaking this study in close working partnership with the Cultural Facilities Corporation as a key element of the city to the lake initiative. I note the estimates committee recommendation that the study also look at the possibility of establishing a national performing arts centre in the ACT, and we will do that. It is a good suggestion and it is noted in the government's response to the committee's report.

A new theatre will bring significant value to Canberra, including providing a venue with an auditorium capacity and technical ability to host national and international touring productions. This will allow the Canberra and regional community to experience major commercial musicals, ballet and opera performances.

The new theatre will also support a vibrant city centre, especially by revitalising the City Hill cultural precinct. It will complement other facilities identified in the city plan and the city to the lake initiative, including the proposed Australia forum. Investing in a theatre is a future aspect that will support Canberra's cultural life.

Racing industry—unclaimed dividends

MR DOSZPOT: My question is for the Treasurer. Treasurer, what is the government's policy regarding unclaimed dividends in the racing industry?

MR BARR: I am not sure that it is actually in my portfolio areas, but I will take that question on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Treasurer, what legal and compliance elements are in effect?

MR BARR: I will take that on notice as well.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

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