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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 186..

MR MULCAHY (continuing):

there are a lot of resources, but we do not have the traffic and congestion issues that confront film producers in the major cities of Australia.

I make no secret of the fact that some of the strongest financial backers for my election to the Assembly came out of the motion picture industry. I am proud of that. I am hoping to use those links one day in government to bring productions to Canberra. I know we have someone on secondment in the ACT government helping work on New South Wales productions. But we are not seeing in the ACT itself the productions that we ought to be having. We have had a few commercials, but I think there are opportunities-and the opportunities will come when this government starts networking with the people who make those decisions both here and overseas.

I am proud that I went to Melbourne, I am proud that I sat alongside Dr Copeman and witnessed the thrill that he had in winning this award, and I would implore the government to, instead of belittling these sorts of events, give credit to people who have done well. I have no issue with you funding artists who would turn up to those events, but I would urge you not to make a foolish issue about the fact that the opposition are willing to go to these events and support our local talent when the government are not willing to send anybody to these events.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.26 pm.