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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 4000 ..

Ms Tucker: I would like that question answered, please.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I have an enormous amount to do with the arts community, and I have no idea whom Ms Tucker is representing.

MS TUCKER: I ask a supplementary question. I would like an answer to my question. I asked a specific question. If Mrs Carnell wants me to repeat it, I will. As a supplementary question, I ask - - -

Ms Carnell: You can't. It is out of order.

MS TUCKER: It is out of order, is it? I cannot ask the first question again because the Chief Minister refused to answer it?

Ms Carnell: No, you cannot.

MR SPEAKER: You cannot repeat the same question.

MS TUCKER: Okay. There was no answer. I will ask another supplementary question.

MR SPEAKER: Continue.

MS TUCKER: Can the Chief Minister assure the house that insurance, management and maintenance costs of this new facility, should they escalate beyond the capacity of the arts community tenants to pay, will not be funded out of the existing arts funding allocation or to the detriment of other arts activity services, as this is a new facility?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I think I answered that exactly in my first answer. I made the point that ongoing maintenance and ongoing costs of running the building will be met by the tenants out of their rent. Any costs on top of that which are related to a heritage building - this is the same way we work right across government - would be met, on approval, out of capital works budgets, by the budget itself. Our approach to these facilities is that the ongoing costs of running them should and must be met by the rent paid by the occupants. My understanding is that the people who are looking at using the facility believe that that is quite possible.

Federation Square Roadworks

MR RUGENDYKE: My question is to the Urban Services Minister, Mr Smyth. Minister, in March of this year construction of major roadworks began in O'Hanlon Place in Federation Square, Nicholls. The Chronicle ran a fine story featuring my dear friend Mr Hird, stating that the inconvenience and construction would last for only three months. Three months, Mr Hird. Construction has had a disastrous impact on businesses in this tourist precinct, including ACTION buses. Because the bus stop has been moved, people cannot catch a return bus from Federation Square without a kilometre hike up the

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