Page 2782 - Week 09 - Thursday, 27 September 2007

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MR MULCAHY: I have a supplementary question for the Treasurer. Can you indicate whether or not work is underway in relation to the preparation of a second appropriation bill?

MR STANHOPE: Certainly, agencies have, as always, and consistent with good government, been asked to give consideration to projects that they believe the government might wish to give consideration to.


MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, yesterday, in answer to a question on graffiti painted on and near the CityScape depot in Turner, you said:

If the graffiti is not offensive … if it is not racist, if it is not violent, if it is not sexual in nature, and if it is tucked away in the suburbs, what we try to do with the graffiti clean-up team is to target those areas in public areas which do contain racist or violent graffiti, or graffiti of a sexual nature.

Minister, on this basis, are these the criteria by which graffiti vandals are freely allowed to deface public property? What is the ordinary timeframe for the removal of graffiti that is not racist, violent or sexual in nature?

MR HARGREAVES: I refer the member to the government’s anti-graffiti strategy which has been published for quite some considerable time.

MR SPEAKER: Is there a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Thanks, Mr Speaker. Minister, why won’t the government clean up all graffiti on public property rather than just the worst examples?

MR HARGREAVES: Where graffiti is advised to the government, there is a program to remove it from public property. The government does not remove it from private property unless it has those connotations I have mentioned before about violence, racism—

Mr Pratt: Just like CityScape, where it has been for six months—a public building.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Pratt!

MR HARGREAVES: As I said, we do not remove it from private properties unless it has offensive depictions on it—racism, violence or sexual connotations. We rather like the private property owners to address that issue themselves. But there is a program to remove graffiti, as I identified. We would encourage the community to contact Canberra Connect on 132281 and advise them of these sites. We will then put them in the program, subject to the offensive nature of the—

Mr Pratt: Have CityScape staff informed you that they are beleaguered?

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