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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 4972 ..


Mr Hanson: On a point of order, as I feared, he did not get to it. The question was quite clear. Whose decision is it? I appreciate that he works collaboratively with the judiciary but whose decision is it when it relates to court buildings?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I cannot direct the minister other than to ask him to be relevant to the question. Mr Hanson is proposing he wants a simple answer: you have more than a minute, Mr Ramsay.

MR RAMSAY: There are no current plans for the ACT government to install a coat of arms in the building and we believe that it is best determined in consultation with the judiciary, as we have done with all of the new court building.

Let me say again: the government's investment has been very significant. We believe that the most important investment that we have in this building is the additional jury rooms, the strong support for our juries to make sure that we have good access to great technology which is leading technology. We believe that that is the key thing for the government to be investing in. We have invested in that and we will continue to concentrate on access to timely and transparent justice.

MR WALL: Attorney, will you table in the Assembly all correspondence between the government and the Chief Justice relating to the use of a coat of arms in the new court buildings, given that these documents would not constitute legal advice and therefore not be privileged?

MR RAMSAY: I will take that on notice.

Roads—traffic management

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events. On Saturday, 17 November, the Anthems event was held at the National Arboretum. Patrons report that it took over an hour to get from the city to the arboretum, that they waited for over 1½ hours to get on a bus at the conclusion of the event, and that it took over 1½ hours to get from the arboretum back to the city. Minister, what traffic management plans were in place to ensure that people could get to and from the Anthems event at the arboretum quickly and safely?

MR BARR: Madam Speaker, the arboretum falls under my responsibility for territory venues. The event was a private event, organised by a private events company. So all of those questions are in fact ones best directed to that company. However, I am happy to assist Miss C Burch in seeking that information and providing it to the Assembly.

MISS C BURCH: Chief Minister, what oversight did the government have of crowd management and traffic management plans at the event and at the shuttle locations in city west car park and Lake Tuggeranong College to ensure the safety of people waiting for buses?

MR BARR: As I indicated, this was not a government event. It was held at a venue that the ACT government owns, but the responsibility for the event management sits


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