Page 338 - Week 01 - Thursday, 11 December 2008

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community consultation meeting held at the Burns Club it was suggested that the site would be used for a drug and alcohol centre. What is the correct version?

MS GALLAGHER: That is a question for the Minister for Community Services. I have heard those rumours as well. They are just not correct. It will be used for the ACT Health equipment loan service once the refurbishment has been done, which is essentially that people will be able to pick up their walking frames, their commodes and other equipment from that site. It will not be used for any other purpose.

Racing industry

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, in his capacity as having responsibility for racing and gaming. Minister, there was a meeting of federal, state and territory ministers for racing last week. This meeting was held at a critical time for the industry, given the recent developments with funding for the racing industry in the ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania. Minister, where was this meeting held, what were the items that were to be discussed at that meeting and what were the outcomes?

MR BARR: I was unable to attend that ministerial council meeting as I was attending a meeting of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs. I understand the meeting was held in Melbourne, which was also where I attended the education ministers meeting, but it was not possible for me to be in two places at once. I understand the importance of that meeting of racing ministers, and it was disappointing not to be able to attend, as it would have been my first ministerial council meeting as the minister with responsibility for racing within the territory. But I was already booked into what was the major biennial forum of education ministers, and a particularly important Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs. As is often the case in our small government with multiple portfolio responsibilities, it is not possible for ministers to be everywhere at once.

I was represented at that meeting by officials from the Treasury department. I understand that the Under Treasurer may have been able to attend on my behalf, as the bureaucratic responsibilities for this area still sit within Treasury. I don’t have the agenda in front of me, but I understand that a number of items, most particularly, of course, relating to the challenges that the racing industry faces and issues around pooling agreements, were discussed. I can make that agenda available. I am not sure that there is any particular secret around that, and I can make that available to the shadow minister, if he would like.

Government advertising

MS BURCH: This question is to the Chief Minister. What are the implications of removing jingles and slogans from government advertising?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Burch for the question. I think many of us would—

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker. I think that the question is out of order. It is asking the Chief Minister for an expression of opinion.

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