Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (16 September) . .
MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Housing and Minister for Tourism and Events) (11.05): Major events are an important part of the city's social, cultural and economic life and they create enthusiasm and excitement, build civic pride and raise the profile and perception of a community and a city. Raising the profile of a city can lead to lasting economic benefits for the city and for the broader region. Like the athletes that participate in these tournaments, host cities also have their moment of fame and opportunity to showcase to the world what they have to offer.
Canberra was put on the world stage in 2013-14, hosting numerous international sporting events. The success of these events has helped position our city as a successful host of national and international events, and we are building on this centenary year legacy in 2015, when Canberra will host 10 matches as part of the Asian Football Confederation, the AFC, Asian Cup 2015 and the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup.
Six pool matches and a quarter final will be played at Canberra stadium for the Asian Cup in January 2015, while three matches will be played at Manuka Oval as part of the ICC Cricket World Cup in February and March. The AFC Asian Cup takes place in January next year and is contested by 16 teams from across Asia. The tournament will be broadcast to 80 countries, with a television reach of 2.5 billion viewers. It is one of the few sporting events that link Australia to all of the countries of Asia.
Canberra will join Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle as host cities for the tournament. GIO Stadium will host six games and a quarter final. The ACT government has made a contribution as a host city to these matches.
In 2006 the ICC announced that Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket would jointly host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. The government has supported the proposal to host the World Cup in 2015 and provided funding in the 2014-15 budget. This is the world's fourth largest tournament and the fourth most viewed sporting event in the world, representing a potential television audience of around a billion people, and it engages one-fifth of the world's population.
The ICC Cricket World Cup is contested by 14 teams from around the world, and the tournament will be held in Australia and New Zealand over a six-week period in February and March 2015, and Canberra hosts three matches at Manuka Oval.
So, in agreeing to be a host city for the Asian Cup and the Cricket World Cup, the territory government guaranteed that major event legislation would be in place to address four broad areas. These are to provide specific powers for police officers and other authorised people to ensure the safety and security of people participating in or attending major events, including sporting events, to create protections for the commercial and intellectual property rights of event sponsors, to provide for ticketing arrangements and to create offences to support these provisions. The Major Events
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