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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 April 2021) . . Page.. 966 ..


MS BERRY: The decisions by the government at the time, during that election—I know that the Casey community has continued to advocate for that site. Those kinds of recreational facilities are important to all communities across the ACT.

Mr Hanson: It was a fib, was it? Were they hoodwinked?

MS BERRY: I have a point of order. Mr Hanson just interjected and suggested that the government was fibbing and that we hoodwinked the community. I ask whether that was parliamentary language.

MADAM SPEAKER: As we all know, Mr Hanson is a serial interjector, so I suggest that you ignore him. I would not say that “hoodwinked” is unparliamentary, but I ask all members to be very mindful of the language they use. My advice would be to ignore him.

MS BERRY: I will do my very best. It is very difficult when he is sitting within arm’s length of me, but I will do my very best to ignore interjections. He does have quite a loud voice.

On the question of the park in Casey and the commitments made by the government at the time, I will check on some of the background because I was not a minister at the time. I think it was the responsibility of another minister in this place. I will check on how those decisions came about.

MS CASTLEY: I have a supplementary question. When will the community receive further information as to the current status of this development?

MS BERRY: I will take that question on notice.

MR MILLIGAN: I have a supplementary question. Minister, will you be making a solid commitment to the election promises made in 2012 any time this year?

MS BERRY: I am not going to be announcing government policy.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, allow the minister to answer the question.

MS BERRY: The question was about whether I would make an announcement later this year. I have already said in my previous answers that I would take the detail of the question on notice. I will do that and inform the Assembly.

Arts—Canberra Theatre Centre

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Arts. How has the government supported the Canberra Theatre Centre during the pandemic?


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