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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (22 October) . .

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acceptable terms to the territory. But that timetable is entirely within the commonwealth government's hands. I hope, and I believe, they understand the need to finalise their position as soon as possible. As soon as it is, obviously we will be getting in touch with the Mr Fluffy homeowners and, of course, you, Mr Hanson.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what options are being investigated to fund the remediation program?

MS GALLAGHER: It will be subject, of course, to budget analysis, and that forms part of our submission to the commonwealth, which is not public at this stage. Once we have an agreed position for the commonwealth I think those documents will be able to be released.

Convention centre—size

MR SMYTH: My question is to the minister for tourism. Minister, on 25 September this year you told the Assembly:

The reality is that we have a convention centre that is suitable for a city of 385,000 people.

Minister, can you back up that statement by referring to a document or guide that has a basis in fact on the size of convention centres per size of population, or is it just your opinion that the existing convention centre is suitable for our city?

MR BARR: It is a combination of my opinion and an analysis of the different sized convention centres in Australian cities.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, is it true that, as reported on WIN news, 90 conventions were turned away last year due to the lack of capacity in the convention centre, and will you now table your analysis of convention centres around the country?

MR BARR: It may be, and I will investigate that matter.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, are you aware of any other proposals for new, or upgrading, convention facilities in Canberra?

MR BARR: Yes.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what are the government's responsibilities in regard to the provision of a new and larger convention centre in the ACT?


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