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The Canberra Liberals and ACT Greens have trampled on the plans and reputation of Megalo Print Studio.

During that debate I said:

We do not want to do anything to disadvantage Megalo.

Ms Hunter said:

Megalo is a fantastic organisation. I have known Megalo since its … early days … It has some fantastic programs. It is an organisation that the Greens are totally committed to supporting.

Mrs Dunne said:

It is important that this Assembly expresses its support for Megalo and the good work that Megalo does.

Minister, what evidence do you have that the Liberals and the Greens have trampled on the reputation of Megalo?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Caroline Le Couteur for that question. I do not have it in front of me but I know there was a letter sent to Ms Hunter and to the Greens in which they articulated their views very firmly. They pleaded with you, implored you, not to proceed—

Ms Le Couteur: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, the minister is referring to a letter which was sent to Ms Hunter. It is not related to the Liberals’ or the Greens’ views.

MR SPEAKER: Minister, let us try and focus on the question, thank you.

MS BURCH: Mr Speaker, I have four minutes to answer the question. I have had 20 seconds, so I will get there.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Minister Burch, sit down for a moment, thank you. I do not need a free lecture from you. I asked you to stick to the question at hand and if you operate in that manner you will simply sit down. You may now continue.

MS BURCH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. In that letter they implored you not to proceed with that inquiry and not to halt or stall their plans. They had made it clear that that decision would impact—they forward plan 18 months out—on their forward planning. For any organisation that has national and international regard and that cannot put their good programs in place, their reputation is impacted upon, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, do you share the former Chief Minister’s view, as reported in the Canberra Times, that musicians who have an interest in the Fitters

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