Page 1947 - Week 06 - Thursday, 9 June 2022

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Our statement of ambition for the arts will be supported by the values we share with the federal government about the critical importance of cooperation, collaboration and dialogue between federal, state and territory counterparts. Most immediately, the federal government’s commitment to a new cultural policy provides a long-awaited foundation for a better future for Australian artists and the sector at large. It will also provide a strong context for our ambition for the arts to position Canberra as Australia’s arts capital.

MS ORR: Minister, what is an example of the new federal Labor government’s commitment to our growing arts sector here in the ACT?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Ms Orr for the supplementary. As I mentioned earlier, the new federal government has made a commitment—

Opposition members interjecting—


MS CHEYNE: Thank you, Madam Speaker; this is important. The new federal government has made a commitment to embark on a thorough, nationwide consultation in each—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Not again, Mr Hanson.

MS CHEYNE: state and territory to inform the national cultural policy. The ACT government, Mr Hanson, looks forward to contributing to the policy and welcomes this direct engagement. I am also delighted to share that federal Labor—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order under standing order 42.

MADAM SPEAKER: That comments are to be addressed through the chair.

Mr Hanson: As the minister directly addressed me, I think she is breach of the standing orders.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, sit down. The standing orders also say that there are to be no interjections, so next time you do, you will be warned. Ms Cheyne.

MS CHEYNE: Federal Labor has committed $5 million to upgrade Gorman House Arts Centre ahead of its upcoming centenary in 2024. The heritage-listed Gorman House is a much-loved arts hub located on Ainslie Avenue in Braddon. ACT Labor committed $8 million in the 2020 election for upgrades to Gorman House. This investment will enhance accessibility, safety and energy efficiency and deliver major heritage restorations.

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