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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (18 June) . . Page.. 2018..


MR QUINLAN

(continuing):

The remaining unsold tickets are due to go on sale to the public in about two months time, and our rugby celebration marketing efforts are also about to enter a new phase. While a few thousand tickets will still be available for our matches on 18 August, they are expected to sell well.

Rather than focus on ticket sales, especially in Europe, Joe Roff is now encouraging visitors to other rugby world cup venues to take a side-step to Canberra-"side-step"is footy talk-as their schedule permits and to either visit friends or relatives or attend the rugby celebration events that will take place during and after the tournament period.

The rugby world cup is about to become very visible around the city centre. We will shortly install a large countdown clock and the tournament scoreboard. During the tournament period the scoreboard will include highlights of matches and details of local rugby celebration events.

In early October we will be hosting official welcomes for three of our four rugby world cup teams and look forward to rugby fans showing their true colours around town. Several tour groups are staying on for the masters games that immediately follow the rugby world cup matches. We will also have a free, outdoor live site with a big screen to see the semi-finals and the final early in November.

I think it is going to be an exciting time. Our preparations are very well advanced.

ILO convention on child labour

MRS DUNNE: My question is directed to the Chief Minister and Attorney-General. Minister, the International Labour Organisation promulgated the Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour in 1999, known as ILO convention 182. So far, 138 countries have ratified the convention. According to the ILO, it is the convention that has been ratified the fastest in the ILO's 82-year history.

Australia is yet to ratify the convention. As a federation of states and territories, the Commonwealth undertook to consult state and territory governments before ratifying. However, the ACT government has not agreed to consequent legislative changes, resulting in delays in the ratification of this important convention. What ACT legislation has to be amended so that that ACT can be compliant with the treaty?

MR STANHOPE

: I will have to take the question on notice, Mrs Dunne. I do not know the answer. I am happy to get the detail and provide it to you.

MRS DUNNE

: When you take it on notice, Mr Attorney, there is supplementary information I would like. When you know what legislation has to be ratified, can you also provide to this place an explanation of the delay that has resulted in this important convention not being ratified by Australia?

MR STANHOPE

: I am happy to do that.

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