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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3323 ..

thrive and where arts and cultural activities are happening everywhere, all the time. Whether it is events, comedy performances, educational seminars, careers fairs, exhibitions, amateur and professional theatre, musical and dance acts and festivals, pop-up art and performance, film and screen, art therapy, graphic design masterclasses, arts business accelerators, there will always be something on, something to do.

Secondly, we will explore how the ACT can become internationally known as a city of design. Design excellence is inherent in Canberra’s character and history. Being a city of design would be an acknowledgement of Canberra’s leading practice in its built environment, its services and its products.

I want to highlight another element of the statement of ambition before I finish: its detailed list of current funding for the arts across government. We fund an impressive array of artists, programs and facilities, and now this array of funding is outlined coherently, in the one place, for ready reference. New initiatives for this budget are highlighted in this document and the expenditure will be regularly updated. We will continue to ensure that all ACT government arts investments and decisions are easily accessible. Our current and future budget initiatives are, and will continue to be, firmly grounded in the strategies I have outlined.

The Statement of Ambition for the Arts is bold, but with our arts sector and its potential we should be bold. As I said when I first rose to speak, Canberra has all the ingredients to become Australia’s arts capital, with its talented artists and creatives, first-class organisations and facilities, burgeoning creative industries, an ecosystem of arts and culture that is a great strength and unique to our region, and indeed Australia. I look forward to working with all of the ACT community to achieve our ambition for Canberra to be Australia’s arts capital.

I present the following papers:

Canberra: Australia’s Arts Capital—a statement of ambition for the Arts—2021-2026.

Australia’s Arts Capital: Statement of Ambition for the Arts—Ministerial statement, 11 November 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (11.29): I really welcome the minister’s Statement of Ambition for the Arts. It is bold and there is an awful lot in there that I am so pleased to see. We have got all the funding laid out on three pages together. This may not mean much for anybody who has never tried to dig through arts budgets, but I have never seen it before and it is a really, really good step towards transparency.

I am also really pleased to hear about a lot of the directions that we are moving towards. I think it will be really good to have a review of our organisational funding model. We took that to the election. It is beyond time to have a good look at how we

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