Page 2857 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 24 June 2009

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MR STANHOPE: It is the arts, because the arts have tipped them over the edge.

Mrs Dunne: Relevance, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope!

MRS DUNNE: I have a supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: In noting that the minister did not answer whether or not he approved of this recommendation, my supplementary is: in reviewing the policy, what consultation process will be undertaken to ensure that the views of key arts organisations are taken into account?

MR STANHOPE: I have not had discussions yet with officials in relation to the nature of the review. I will do that and when I have done that I am more than happy to report to the Assembly with it. I am prepared to respond.

Mrs Dunne: Did you approve the policy?

MR STANHOPE: Yes, I support the policy, but we have agreed to review it. But, armed now with the knowledge that it is the arts that have caused the Liberal Party to oppose the entire budget, I will pay far greater attention to the arts in future and ensure that we can remove arts as the reason—

Ms Gallagher: Controversial.

MR STANHOPE: the controversial arts as the reason for the Liberal Party deciding to oppose the entire budget, including support for housing, homelessness, health and mental health. It was down to the arts.

Oaks Estate—bridge

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the minister for transport. Minister, on 13 February 2009 a bridge connecting Oaks Estate to Pialligo Avenue was closed for repairs. Since that time, residents and businesses have been given four different dates by which time the bridge would be reopened to traffic. Those dates are 6 April, 1 May, 15 June and now 30 June. Minister, can you provide assurances to the Assembly that the bridge will be completed by 30 June?

MR STANHOPE: That is the advice of my department, Ms Bresnan. I rely on the advice of my officials, which I relay to you. The delays that have been experienced were unexpected and I am advised by Roads ACT—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Chief Minister.

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