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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (17 September) . .

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I could see that the In Canberra Tonight community were thoroughly enjoying themselves. It is something I might have to go and have another look at, I think, to appreciate it more.

The art space really does need to be opened up more to the community. That is why this motion calls on the minister to continue to support the development of arts and cultural activity in the ACT—finding better ways to engage people who would not normally be touched by art in the ACT and giving them chances to experience art in ways that they may not have ever had before. It has certainly been the case for me since coming into this place. I know that the minister will work hard to continue to advocate on behalf of ACT artists with the Australia Council and at the meeting of cultural ministers. I look forward to her report to the Assembly later this year on the outcomes of that meeting with cultural ministers.

We will not be supporting the proposed amendment by Mr Smyth, and I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7: Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Noes 8: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion agreed to.

Tourism—visitor numbers

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (6.12): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the:

(a) June 2014 quarterly results of the International Visitor Survey, which showed that although:

(i) national visitor numbers are up eight percent, ACT numbers underperformed with a two percent increase;

(ii) national visitor nights are up one percent, ACT visitor nights are down 12 percent; and

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