Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 September 2011) . . Page.. 4190 ..
funding has already been implemented; conversion of the ABaF position to fulltime; work on a new website; an online grants system; commencement of drafting a new arts policy framework; commencement of work on the arts hub at Kingston arts precinct, the theatre and the Ainslie Arts Centre; commencement of research into the creation of a coordinated artists in residence program, including the Kingston arts precinct, Watson, Strathnairn, Gorman House and Lanyon; and former ACT Cultural Council members are in the process of being reappointed with a new focus on strategic arts policy advice.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what does the government mean when it says it has “noted” the recommendations in the Loxton report on the review of the arts in Canberra relating to the Cultural Facilities Corporation? Can you confirm that the government has no plan to split the corporation into separate entities to manage the Canberra Theatre, historic places, a gallery and a museum?
Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, picking up on Mrs Dunne’s point, in regard to that question—I presume you have the question in front of you—Mr Doszpot asked whether the minister can confirm that the government has no plan to split the corporation? That would seem to indicate to me that he is asking the minister to announce what future policy we are going to have in relation to the corporation. That seems to be asking the minister to announce new policy.
MR SPEAKER: This feels like question time in the House of Representatives last week.
Mr Seselja: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, it has been the practice in this place when ministers are asked to rule things out that that is not regarded as a question about announcement of policy. That has always been allowed in previous question times.
MR SPEAKER: Members may have noted the discussion in question time in the House of Representatives last week when the Speaker found himself in a similar situation. I think I agree with Mr Seselja. This question is within the norms of the house, and the question will proceed. Minister Burch.
MS BURCH: For the benefit of members, the government has no plan to split the corporation into separate entities to manage the Canberra Theatre, historic places, a gallery or a museum.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, is there any government intention to review the structure of and funding model for the Cultural Facilities Corporation?
MS BURCH: Not at the present moment.