Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 18 March 2010) . . Page.. 1128 ..
Mr Hargreaves: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I appreciate that. My original question talked about multicultural support for the multicultural community. The supplementary that I asked talked about the grant to target the multicultural community. The fringe festival was not part of either of those two.
Opposition members interjecting—
MR SPEAKER: Minister Burch is waiting to answer her question. On the point of order, on the first part there is no point of order. The first part of Mr Doszpot’s question does not impinge on his question on the notice paper. On the second part, I think it is pushing the envelope, but the minister may choose to comment or not. Given that the fringe festival has historically been part of the Multicultural Festival, it is open to the minister to make a comment if she wishes.
MS BURCH: It is a bit like a tennis game going on, but I will try and get to what he was asking. He asked about the fringe festival. This government made a decision to allocate funds for the fringe festival to be part of the National Folk Festival. I remind people that the Folk Festival won the national tourist event, so what a fine home for a fringe festival—to go into the national winner of a tourist event. That might answer that question. The fringe festival people have found a very prestigious home in which to enjoy themselves.
As far as the Multicultural Festival for 2011 is concerned, we are talking with community groups now. We are talking with them about the success of this year’s festival and we will work with the community, the diplomatic corps, traders and those interested to see how we can enhance—
Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker—
MR SPEAKER: Point of order. Stop the clocks.
Mr Hanson: The minister is not answering the question, which was about the differential between the budget of the Multicultural Festival and the actual cost of the Multicultural Festival.
MS BURCH: It was about the fringe.
Mr Hanson: The question was not about the broader questions about what would be included in the Multicultural Festival.
MR SPEAKER: Minister, the question was not about next year’s festival; it was about the budget of this year’s festival.
MS BURCH: The budget for 2010?
MR SPEAKER: That was as I understood the question.
MS BURCH: The budget for 2010—I have articulated that here before. We had a budget of $418,000. I have said that the advice to me—we are still paying final