Page 859 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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Mr Hanson: You can’t do it well though, can you?

MR BARR: You’re clearly not capable of that!

Mr Hanson: How’s your health system going?

MR BARR: The one thing you are capable of is interjecting in question time. That is probably your best skill.

Mr Hanson: Thank you! It’s like you taxing people—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members! Do not encourage each other.

MR BARR: It normally indeed takes an interjection from the Speaker’s chair to silence the chief interjector of this place.

Let me be clear, Mr Hanson: the government will deliver infrastructure across all the areas that the territory government has responsibility for and in many of those areas we deliver infrastructure in partnership with the commonwealth government. That is normal. That is exactly how this territory has built its asset base since self-government, and we will continue to do it that way.

We will focus on infrastructure needs and emerging infrastructure needs for the fastest growing city in Australia in health, education, public transport, community services and emergency services across the areas of responsibility that we have. You have got to be able to do more than one thing at once!

Arts—Canberra Museum and Gallery

MR PETTERSSON: My question is for the Minister for the Arts. Minister, can you outline some of the recent work undertaken by the Cultural Facilities Corporation to engage and attract audiences to the Canberra Museum and Gallery, or CMAG?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. The Cultural Facilities Corporation has been making a concerted effort to engage and attract new and returning audiences to enjoy CMAG’s veritable treasure trove of artworks and artefacts. CMAG’s mission is to celebrate our region’s social history and visual arts. Two new exhibitions have recently opened which beautifully demonstrate this goal. On Canberra Day, the Chief Minister launched CMAG’s new permanent exhibition ‘Canberra/Kamberri, Place & People’, which explores the stories, people and events that have shaped Canberra’s history and identity. This exhibition showcases the rich and diverse social and cultural ecology of Canberra through its carefully chosen 220 objects. It is a great reflection of our evolving, progressive and vibrant city. Colleagues in the Assembly will have also seen that the CFC has transformed the former Mr Wei’s restaurant and recently finished converting it into a new gallery and exhibition space for CMAG with a focus on digital and interactive experiences. The inaugural exhibition ‘Light, Colour, Humanity’, curated by industrial designer Ian Wong as part of his Alastair Swayn Foundation grant, officially opens next week.

These two new exhibitions like the rest of CMAG, including its nationally significant Nolan Collection and the broader Cultural Facilities Corporation have so much to


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