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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 3523..

MR WOOD (continuing):

Compliance with the Liquor Act and with noise regulation must be carefully monitored and good relations must be maintained with neighbours. Patrons and fashions can shift unpredictably so that today's hotspot can quickly become tomorrow's no man's land. Much as the government supports private businesses it is not appropriate for it to meddle in them. However, the government will try to assist venue owners, where possible, particularly on the issue of noise. The government will issue a fact sheet regarding noise regulation issues that will assist venue operators to understand their obligations, and it will also explore avenues to assist venue operators to develop their expertise in managing noise as part of continued business improvement.

In conclusion, the government has only had a short time within which to respond to this motion. I am impressed by what has already been achieved. I also note that some of the elements of the motion call for legislation. It is too early to tell whether legislative change is an effective way to address this issue and it is unrealistic to seek to use this approach just before an election. However, I can tell the Assembly that the government's actions that I outlined are substantial, will be ongoing and are largely driven by the sector itself. These actions will address the need for a music association, young people's participation in live music, issues of noise regulation and attenuation and the viability of live music venues. Combined, these actions will have a significant and continuing impact on the vibrancy and sustainability of contemporary live music in the ACT for young people, musicians, venue operators and the broader community.

Appropriation Act 2003-2004 (No 3)

Paper and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, and Acting Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Appropriation Act 2003-2004 (No 3)-Preliminary Acquittal of Funds Report

MR QUINLAN: I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, I tabled a summary report of the acquittal of funds provided in Appropriation Bill 2003-04 (No 3) in response to recommendation No 11 in the report of the Select Committee on Estimates on Appropriation Bill 2003-04 (No 3). I note that the Select Committee on Estimates recommended that the information be tabled on the first sitting day of August.

Where possible, the government endeavours to meet the timeframes specified by the Select Committee on Estimates. In this case the collection of information has been delayed by the processing of end-of-year financial statements, which, as members of the Assembly would be aware, have been brought forward for the purposes of consideration prior to the forthcoming ACT election. Let us not forget all those questions on notice that also have to be addressed.

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