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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 2075 ..

Mr Stanhope: And that was to the Chief Minister?

MR MOORE: A conversation between the Chief Minister and the Federal Minister for Health.

Mr Stanhope: That is how the promise was relayed? That is fine. We are just looking for information.

MR MOORE: Let me just say, Mr Speaker, through you, that Mr Stanhope, I am sure, knows that in politics there is a range of ways in which we achieve things. Doing so in writing, of course, is important. The written letters have gone. I am happy to table those for you. But keeping up the pressure is done in a whole range of ways. There were times when I was sitting on the crossbench that I approached members of the Labor Party or members of the Liberal Party to pursue matters with me to try to get an outcome. An example of that is seeking support for the heroin trial. Continuing this kind of approach is entirely appropriate. It shows that this Government is prepared to work together to get the best possible outcomes for the people of the ACT, whether they be somebody in business or they be - if this is the case, I know that you support it - a young person who needs support through proper rehabilitation services.

Summer Festival of Sport

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Education in his role as Minister for sport. I think it is to the Minister for sport because, following in the vein set this morning by the Chief Minister, I quote from the Canberra Times - - -

MR SPEAKER: If it is not, Mr Quinlan, he will not answer it, will he?

MR QUINLAN: No. I quote:

One prominent sporting official, who asked not to be named, said yesterday that ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell appeared to have taken all the high-profile sports from Sports Minister Bill Stefaniak and the Bureau to her own department.

He said most of the rest were in the education portfolio, where they were buried and administered by "bean-counters" -

a very offensive term, I must say -

who knew little about sport.

Nevertheless, we will start with the nominal Minister for sport. For a number of years, Canberra has enjoyed the Summer Festival of Sport. It has attracted a very large number of visitors to Canberra. Figures reported show more than 58,000 visitor nights spent in 1997 during the festival, as a result of the festival, increasing to more than 60,000 in 1998. The economic value to the ACT for 1998 is estimated at $4m to $4.5m.

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