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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (14 November) . . Page.. 3446..


MR MULCAHY (continuing):

from your people that an answer was to arrive imminently. I ask you in the Assembly: can you detail the 2006-07 budget split for the ACT Arts Fund, the ANU Faculty of Arts, the Cultural Council, the government's arts facilities and public art?

MR STANHOPE: I thank the shadow Treasurer and shadow minister for the arts for the question. I apologise at the outset. I was not aware that this was an issue that you were keen to pursue. I beg your pardon. I do not think I can help you today. I do not have those figures with me.

Mrs Dunne: It was a question on notice. You had five days to answer it.

MR STANHOPE: No. I answered it. You did not listen to the question. You should always listen to your own faction members, at a minimum, and not embarrass them publicly by contradicting them. There is some unity required at least at a factional level, if not at an organisational level. You must get the fundamentals right so that you can again begin to build unity.

Mr Corbell: Can she become opposition whip for the third time?

MR STANHOPE: This is the third occupant of the deputy opposition leader's seat in six months. It would be an Assembly record to have two leaders and three deputies in the space of five months. It is quite remarkable. As I said this morning, congratulations, Mrs Burke. I certainly wish you well. It is a singular honour which your colleagues have done you, albeit in circumstances that you might otherwise have preferred. Again, commiserations, Mr Mulcahy, on your rather sudden and as yet unexplained demise.

MR SPEAKER: Come to the subject matter of the question.

MR STANHOPE: I will come to the subject matter. The community deserves some explanations of these shenanigans. It behoves the Leader of the Opposition to let us all in on the secret.

I apologise that I have not provided that information to Mr Mulcahy. I will make it a matter of some urgency within my office.

MR MULCAHY: Thank you, Chief Minister, for agreeing to that. You might also ascertain why it has taken so long to answer this relatively simple question regarding a matter that I would have thought should have been prepared prior to the 2006-07 budget being handed down.

MR STANHOPE: I am duly chastened. I will pursue the matter. I will provide as full an explanation as I can.

Water-sustainable supply

MS MacDONALD: My question is to Mr Stanhope as Chief Minister. Could the Chief Minister please outline for the Assembly how the ACT government's water policy encapsulated in its resource management strategy, think water, act water,


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