Page 2856 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 24 June 2009

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MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, will you table all the documents in relation to the partnership arrangements with CPS credit union by close of business today?

MR STANHOPE: Certainly no. There is a range. I am not just tabling documents that have been produced by a commercial entity, a financial institution, by close of business today. I am certainly not doing things like that.


MRS DUNNE: My question is to the minister for the arts. Minister, at the estimates committee hearing on 20 May I asked a series of questions relating to a policy of artsACT that applies to key arts organisations. That policy requires those organisations to disqualify anyone who receives any sort of remuneration from the organisations from serving on their boards. The estimates committee recommended that this policy be reviewed, and you reported back to the Assembly yesterday that it would be reviewed by the end of this year. I am pleased to note that the government has agreed with this recommendation. Minister, when I asked these questions at estimates on 20 May were you aware of this policy of artsACT and, if so, when did you become aware of it and did you approve of it?

MR STANHOPE: Yes, I am aware of it and I was aware of it—I am not quite sure when. I will have to do better; I will have to commit to memory the date of every brief that I see in future. I will have to take that on notice, Mrs Dunne. This, of course, was discussed yesterday in the deliberations on the budget—

Ms Gallagher: The budget that you can’t vote against.

MR STANHOPE: the budget that you are opposing. I do not know what your attitude to this predicament is—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR STANHOPE: that asked to express that opposition—I guess, Mrs Dunne, I will just conclude on this point: it will be interesting to know at the end of the day which parts of support for the arts in the budget you do support, or is actually our determination to get to the heart of the Liberal Party’s—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Stanhope—relevance.

MR STANHOPE: I will conclude on this remark: I do invite Mrs Dunne to indicate whether or not it is actually funding for the arts that has led the Liberal Party to decide to oppose the entire budget.

Ms Gallagher: I think it is.

MR STANHOPE: It’s the arts?

Ms Gallagher: It’s the arts.

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