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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2016) . . Page.. 275 ..


I think you have been along to some of those openings. They have been a great success in the way that we can provide more up-to-date public housing and better accessibility for public housing across Tuggeranong. But we certainly need to do a lot more work.

Greyhound racing—government policy

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services. Minister, this morning in your ministerial statement you referred to the greyhound racing industry and stated that this includes a commitment to take steps toward ending the industry in the ACT. Do you stand by that comment this morning that you have “a commitment to take steps toward ending the industry in the ACT”?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Parton for his question. The position of this government was made clear before the election and it is, indeed, embodied in the parliamentary agreement. The parliamentary agreement includes the cessation of funding at the end of June next year and taking steps towards the ending of the industry and having a transition process.

This government is not in the business of breaking its election promises, which were made very clear before the election—and I note that the election turned out the way that it did. With the backing of the government and the return of the government we will stand by our election promises.

MR PARTON: Minister, how are you planning to end greyhound racing in the ACT?

MR RAMSAY: We are engaging in a time of open conversation, and we will be meeting with the industry soon. The time frames and mechanisms by which we will live out the parliamentary agreement will be worked out in good open conversation.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, what are the specific processes required to undertake to ban a racing code in the ACT?

MR RAMSAY: I note that the question presumes banning the industry. We have not said that we will be banning the industry. We will be working towards a transition process and towards the ending of the industry. We will do that through open conversation.

Multicultural affairs—National Multicultural Festival

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Minister, can you tell the Assembly why the Canberra community should be excited by the 2017 Multicultural Festival?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Cody for her question. I certainly can tell the Assembly why we should all be excited about the Multicultural Festival.

Members interjecting


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