Page 2127 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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ever. Additionally, stallholder fees, which have been frozen since 2018, will remain the same. These decisions will help promote even greater participation across the festival’s footprint and will attract new and emerging communities.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, when and where will the 2024 festival take place?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. Well, save the date! The 2024 festival will be held from 16 to 18 February 2024. This year’s anniversary festival set a new standard. Following the incredible community response and feedback we received, the funding in this budget allows us to continue the expanded festival footprint in the city and into Glebe Park. It will enable us to continue the well-received additions to the cultural program that were introduced in this anniversary year, which included the 34 hands-on workshops and 16 cooking demonstrations. Canberra is a proudly multicultural and inclusive city, and the festival is the embodiment of this. I look forward to seeing you all at the 2024 festival.

Government—human resources and information management system

MR CAIN: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Special Minister of State. Minister, in budget estimates hearings last year, Dr Paterson asked you whether you were confident that the government would either get or was getting value for money out of the HRIMS system. You responded by saying that this system may enable the government to generate savings in the longer term. Minister, what are the expected savings from the HRIMS project?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for the question. To address the specific question, and the background: the budget measure of $17.1 million that I mentioned earlier in question time, in the first year, I believe, includes around $3 million of savings that were expected to be generated from the HRIMS that have obviously not been realised because we are not continuing with the project. However, it is still anticipated that, with the implementation of an upgrade of our existing systems, there will be efficiencies in business processes through greater automation.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members!

MR STEEL: In the future, and in particularly in the long term, which is what I said during estimates previously, there will be savings generated by improvements to our HR, payroll, time and attendance systems. Also, by providing a—

Mr Cain: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Minister.

Mr Cain: The minister has mentioned savings. Can he put a figure on that?

MADAM SPEAKER: I cannot direct the minister how to answer. There is no point of order. Minister.


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