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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 7 October 2021) . . Page.. 2883 ..


MR STEEL: I think I have been very clear that we are out there in the market right now for this. We have been asking providers to come forward to deliver this system for Canberra. We have the market sounding process underway, and we are looking forward to it reaching the next stage. Canberrans can see that piece of work progressing through the stages of the procurement process on the Tenders ACT website.

MR CAIN: A supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Cain.

MR CAIN: Minister, why does the government not purchase a system in use in another Australian state?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. As I have outlined in the answer to the first question, it will need to connect to a range of different systems. There is not just an off-the-shelf solution with many of these IT infrastructure projects. We are, of course, talking with other jurisdictions about what they are doing, but we do not want to sign up to a system that is going to be outdated from day one. We want a system that is going to be a modern, flexible ticketing system that will last us a long period of time and meet the specific needs of the community.

The other important thing is that we get value for money through this process. That is why to date we have not actually been able to procure this—because we want to make sure that we get value for money through the process. We are going through the market sounding at the moment. We hope to get a provider that can deliver us a ticketing system that meets our needs but also delivers value for money for the territory.

Arts—Statement of Ambition

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for the Arts: I was really pleased to see your statement of ambition to make Canberra the arts capital of Australia, and I am also delighted to see all the arts funding in one place for the first time. But my quick analysis shows that over $95 million of more than $163 million in recurrent and capital funds over the next term will be spent on buildings. What proportion of the total arts budget will be spent on artists to make art?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Ms Clay for the question and her acknowledgement and support of the statement of ambition. This is not about us and them or funding something versus something else; what the statement of ambition makes abundantly clear—and it is one of the reasons why we have been so transparent with the funding—is that this is about us all rising up together. A high tide lifts all boats, and that is exactly what we are trying to do here. It is about enhancing each other. The arts sector is ecosystem and everybody—

Opposition members interjecting—


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