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Football Teams

MR HIRD (3.56): Mr Speaker, I would like - and I know all members will support me on this occasion - to wish our two football teams all the best. This weekend the ACT rugby union team, known as the Kookaburras, will play the Randwick team in the major semifinal, and our wonderful Raiders will play their last home game, against the South Queensland Crushers. I am sure that all within the chamber and within the Territory wish both teams well.

Craft Directory

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for Arts and Heritage) (3.57), in reply: Mr Speaker, to leaven the bread of wild flowers and football, I would like to talk very briefly about the arts. My colleagues are all very interested in this subject. Members, particularly my predecessor opposite as Minister for the Arts, would well know that the ACT is very richly endowed with artists and craftspeople who produce a quite phenomenal output for a place as small as the ACT. But the problem has always been, of course, that although there are many very talented craftspeople available in the Territory there has not been the capacity for people who might care to purchase products or commission items from these people to know where they might find such people to provide the particular thing that they are after.

As a result, Mr Speaker, the Cultural Council and my predecessor, Mr Wood, authorised expenditure of some $5,000 to fund the creation of a directory of accredited professional members of the Crafts Council of the ACT. I was pleased to launch this directory last night. It contains colour photographs of the very exciting works of members of the Crafts Council of the ACT and pictures of the craftspeople themselves. Copies of this directory are available. Some stunning things are in evidence in it. There are fabulous pieces of woodwork, ceramics, textiles, glass, stone, furniture and so on. They are certainly worth while. Members who might be travelling overseas or otherwise delivering gifts to people might be interested in examining these for the purpose of commissioning works for gifts representative of the ACT. There are copies of the directory available for members to look at.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 3.59 pm until Tuesday, 19 September 1995, at 10.30 am

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