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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (17 June) . . Page.. 1901..


Totalcare

MS DUNDAS: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, I would assume from your announcement of 16 June regarding the future of Totalcare Industries that the working party report on the future of Totalcare has been completed. Will you be tabling that report in the Assembly?

MR QUINLAN

: I will take that under advice, but I do not see why not. I will have a look at it, but I cannot see a major problem with its being tabled.

MS DUNDAS

: I have a supplementary question. Within what timeframe, on taking advice, will we see the report?

MR QUINLAN

: Soon.

Tourism-Australian Capital Tourism

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the minister for business and tourism, Mr Quinlan. Yesterday, Minister, you announced that you would be renaming Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation "Australian Capital Tourism". But the budget you handed down last month shows that funding to CTEC will be reduced by 9 per cent next financial year and by 23 per cent in 2004-05.

Will you reverse your decision to savagely cut funding for tourism in order to allow the newly named Australian Capital Tourism to have resources to do its job properly?

MR QUINLAN

: That question is based on a false premise. The bases you are using are bases that have been inflated by additional funds thrown in, I think, after the Ansett collapse. I'm not sure of that, so I'll check it for you. Further, after we cancelled the fiasco that was the V8 car race, which lost money-

MR SMYTH

: A dull weekend last weekend, wasn't it?

MR QUINLAN

: Let me just digress to the V8 car race for a while.

MR Smyth

: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Standing order 118 (b) clearly says he cannot digress.

MR QUINLAN

: Would someone like to ask a question about the car race later?

Mr Corbell

: Putting the answer in context.

MR QUINLAN

: Yes, and the context of the answer is that the 23 per cent incorporates the official level of expenditure on the V8 car race. If you refer to the Matchpoint review of CTEC, you will find that CTEC resources were also preoccupied with that car race. In fact, the bottom line for that was probably greater.


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