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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (22 May) . . Page.. 1612 ..

MR DE DOMENICO (continuing):

The program and those involved should be commended by the entire community, as this initiative reflects an important partnership between government and business. The convention and meeting planners invited to Operation Sell Canberra have the ability to bring thousands of delegates and millions of dollars into the ACT economy, and the Government is looking forward to showing them the best that Canberra has to offer. We all know that speculation over job losses in the Commonwealth Public Service is hurting confidence in the ACT economy, so golden opportunities like Operation Sell Canberra will go a long way to ensuring a bright future for the national capital. I thank Mr Hird for his question.

MR HIRD: I ask a supplementary question. Minister, Operation Sell Canberra, as you have indicated, was over the weekend of 3 to 5 May. Will this Government initiative, this program, be on a regular basis?

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Hird, this Government will continue to be actively involved in any projects with the potential to bring $3.7m into the economy.

Hospital Bed Numbers

MR BERRY: My question is to the Chief Minister in her capacity as Minister for Health. Will the Chief Minister give this Assembly an unequivocal assurance - and I emphasise "unequivocal" - that the advice she tabled yesterday in respect of the bypass situation at our major trauma hospital was the first advice she had received on the matter?


ACTION - Advertising on Buses

MS HORODNY: My question is directed to the Minister for Urban Services and relates to the ACTION bus service. Minister, I was recently informed that the Animal Liberation group applied to ACTION to place some advertising in the community service advertising space on the buses with the aim of drawing the public's attention to the suffering experienced by hens which are kept in battery cages. ACTION, however, rejected Animal Liberation's application for advertising space on the basis that it was too political. Could the Minister please explain why ACTION thought that the health of chickens was too political a subject for consideration by bus commuters, when it is okay for the Minister to advertise himself on the first page of the ACTION Bus Book? On that topic I would like to table some media reports of Liberal Party criticism of similar actions taken by Ministers of the previous Government. There is a whole batch of them.

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