Page 5145 - Week 12 - Thursday, 27 October 2011

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According to the paperwork that I have seen, Megalo was not identified. Megalo identified itself. It stroked, very skilfully—and all credit to it—Mr Stanhope’s vanity so much that he just made the decision on the spot. That is a problem. As a result of this, we now have a situation where ACT Labor is pitting the print makers against the music makers. The Canberra Liberals do not want to see that and will not be part of it. I suspect that the ACT Greens do not want to be part of it either.

I draw members’ attention to the presence in the gallery of Dr Helen Moore, who has been a great advocate for the music makers and who was the originator of a petition. I commend Dr Moore for her persistence in this matter and the great grace with which she has conducted herself in this. I also commend Megalo for the great grace with which they have conducted themselves here. I think it is unfortunate that because of the short-sightedness, the lack of openness to new ideas and the lack of openness to receiving appropriate information we are in a situation today where we have to do this. This is a reprehensible situation that has been brought about by the laziness, ineptitude and closed-mindedness of the Labor government.

I thank members for their support. I wish the inquiry all success. I hope that we can end up with an outcome that is in the best interests of all in the ACT arts community.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne’s motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 7

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Ms Le Couteur

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mr Doszpot

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Burch

Mrs Dunne

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Hanson

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (11.57): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to inquiries about certain Auditor-General’s reports currently before the committee.

On 29 June 2010 Auditor-General’s report No 4 of 2010, Water demand management: administration of selected initiatives, was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. The audit report presented the results of a performance audit that reviewed the administration of selected ACT government measures to manage water demand and related initiatives. The committee received a briefing from

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