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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . .

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I present the following paper:

Alexander Maconochie Centre—Update on the building expansion, ongoing growth in detainee numbers and the Government's response—Ministerial statement, 10 March 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Arts policy—2015 framework review

Ministerial statement

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability, Minister for Small Business and the Arts and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (10.46): I would like to report to the Assembly on a motion passed in November 2015 regarding implementation of the ACT arts policy. The motion passed asked the minister for the arts to inform the Assembly of the continued consultation process with the ACT arts community and provide an update to the Assembly in early 2016 on the progress of working with the arts community on continued implementation of the ACT arts policy.

The ACT government recognises that art and culture are an integral part of the lives of individuals as well as the social and economic fabric of Canberra. The arts help to define our community's identity and give expression to community values. Creativity is also fundamental to innovation and business growth and creative industries contribute significantly to modern economies, community wellbeing and quality of life.

The 2015 arts policy outlines the vision, values and principles within which artsACT operates, as well as providing guidance for the work of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and for other ACT government agencies whose work impacts on or can be enhanced by the arts, such as Visit Canberra, Innovation, Trade and Investment, Libraries, ACT Health, the Community Services Directorate and the Education Directorate.

The Canberra region has many diverse artists and arts organisations that provide inspiration and opportunity for residents within Canberra and beyond. Consultation undertaken to develop the ACT arts policy demonstrates that there is a lively and informed arts community. Our vision for the arts is to be a diverse and dynamic arts ecology valued locally, nationally and globally.

This government has had many positive responses to the ACT arts policy, which reflect many of the issues raised during consultation. The support from the sector for the policy, in the level of engagement, we see through all of our activities. The community consultation was an essential part of this project and artsACT undertook a


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