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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 16 November 2010) . . Page.. 5440 ..


community partners, the business partners, the AFL and the new Greater Western Sydney Football Club.

The point I was going to make before Mrs Dunne took the point of order was to observe that yesterday the Tasmanian government renewed their partnership with the Hawthorn Football Club .

Mr Hargreaves: Shame!

MR BARR: Aside from Mr Hargreaves’s dislike of the Hawthorn Football Club—and I understand they were the last team to beat Collingwood in 2010—that partnership was a five-year arrangement for $18 million. The ACT arrangement over five years is more like $11 million. Admittedly, Tasmania does have one extra premiership match as part of that partnership with Hawthorn Football Club.

But it does put into some perspective the question of the totality of the ACT package and the value for money of the ACT package when compared with the arrangements that the Tasmanian government have just renewed with the Hawthorn Football Club. One would hope that this would put some perspective on the debate that has occurred in the ACT since the ACT’s announcement.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what measures will be put in place to ensure that the territory gets value for money from the GWS deal?

MR BARR: The heads of agreement contains review provisions, and we have indicated that we will regularly look at the performance outcomes from the agreement. There are some matters, obviously, that can be readily measured in terms of attendances at matches and GWS meeting its commitments in relation to talent academies, community camps, work within schools and other aspects of the ACT community. There are clear measures there that it can be assessed against. Obviously, we have a range of tourism and promotional targets that are part of the package as well. I refer to the ACT jersey and branding for all matches—

Mr Hargreaves: Guernsey.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves—and also indeed those matches that are played at Manuka Oval. There will, again, be some very clear performance measures and people will be able to see the particular benefits in relation to those elements.

Mr Hargreaves: A jersey’s a cow.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves!

MR BARR: Of course, Mr Speaker, we undertook analysis of the economic and tourism impacts of previous AFL matches at Manuka and they clearly informed our


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