Page 3561 - Week 11 - Thursday, 22 September 2005

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have now been called and the glassworks are on track to be opened to the public towards the end of next year.

MS PORTER: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Can the minister provide the Assembly with an update on progress on another important addition to Canberra’s cultural landscape? I speak of the Belconnen Arts Centre.

MR STANHOPE: Certainly. Thank you, Ms Porter. I know of your very keen support—

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order.

MR SPEAKER: It has to be supplementary to the main question, Ms Porter.

Mrs Dunne: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

MR STANHOPE: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, the initial question asked me to expand on this government’s commitment to the arts and its contribution to the territory’s cultural landscape. The question referred specifically to one project—the glassworks. The second question relates to exactly the same subject and refers to a separate example.

MR SPEAKER: You may proceed.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker; I misunderstood; I beg your pardon.

MR SPEAKER: I thought it was only about the glassworks.

Mr Stefaniak: We are not pushing the objection, so there you go!

MR STANHOPE: I know that Mrs Dunne, as a member for Ginninderra, objects to anything this government does in her electorate because she knows that—

Mrs Dunne: I said it was a fair cop. My point of order was not right.

MR STANHOPE: with her 528 votes, she is on something of a razor edge. When your donkey vote is bigger than your actual vote, you—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Come back to the question.

MR STANHOPE: We have observed that Mrs Dunne objects to everything the government does in Belconnen but, most particularly, she objects in her own electorate. History, of course, will show that. As members are aware, my government is very committed to supporting the arts and cultural activities in Belconnen. At the moment, in Belconnen, for instance, we have recently increased annual funding to the Belconnen Community Service’s arts and cultural program to allow, for the first time, the employment of a full-time arts officer through the Belconnen Community Service.

We have funded many Belconnen artists and arts organisations to develop and undertake projects in music, dance, theatre, film and the visual arts through the Arts ACT funding

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