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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 7 June 2018) . . Page.. 2290 ..

(3) Why was the distribution of the Our Canberra newsletter suspended during the caretaker period for the 2016 election.

(4) Were any communication and engagement strategies, promotions, or publications suspended during the caretaker period for the 2016 election in addition to Our Canberra; if not, why not; if so, can the Chief Minister provide (a) which communication and engagement strategies or publications were suspended and (b) why they were suspended.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The final print newsletter is approved by the Chief Minister and then the Independent Reviewer of Campaign Advertising, before going to print. This process usually takes approximately four days to complete.

(2) The Independent Reviewer of Campaign Advertising reviews the newsletter in accordance with the Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Act 2009. The review is included in the half-yearly reports

(a) Edition

(b) (c) Reviewer advice

(d) Outcome

March 2016

Minor grammar and wording amendments.

Suggested amendments made.

March 2016

Noted that a source should be used to substantiate the financial impact claim of light rail to the city’s economy.

Sentence changed to

‘The project is expected to bring public and private investment to Canberra, deliver opportunities for new businesses and support more jobs’.

June 2016

In the University of Canberra Hospital story, add ‘University of Canberra Act’ to the last sentence.


Attribute UC and/or CIC Australia.

‘Act’ added and sentence amended to

‘A new agreement between the University of Canberra and Canberra-based developers CIC Australia will transform the campus into a world leader in sustainable residential development and urban design’.

June 2016

Remove a statement about the Woden interchange being ‘one of several projects across the city’.

Sentence removed.

July 2016

Amend text to indicate light rail cost is indicative/an estimate.

Wording amended to

‘The ACT Government estimates the cost for light rail will be approximately $710 million’

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