Page 5668 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 6 December 2011

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Applicants are strongly advised to meet with special events staff to discuss the proposal before lodgement. The Weston Creek Community Council did not seek a meeting with the events staff prior to making their submission. The submission did not adequately address selection criteria outlined in the festival fund information booklet.

Following my announcement on 15 November advising of the ACT festival fund round 2, unsuccessful applicants from round 1 were sent a letter on Wednesday, 16 November informing them of the opening of round 2, along with the round 2 information booklet and relevant application forms. An advertisement appeared in the Canberra Times on Saturday, 19 November to announce the opening of round 2, along with announcements on the events website and through social media. The booklet has been updated and is available on the events website. Reminding members again, it is and the booklet is available in alternative formats by phoning 6205 2579.

Round 2 is open to the broader community, including unsuccessful applicants from round 1, for four weeks, which is consistent with the time allotted for round 1. So round 2 applications will close on 16 December 2011. I am advised that as of this morning the events unit staff have not received a meeting request from the Weston Creek Community Council to discuss applying for the festival fund round 2.

The final part of the Assembly motion was that I report to the Assembly in the December sittings on the progress that has been made on subparagraphs (2)(a), (b), (c) and (d). I have just done that, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Mr Hanson: Madam Deputy Speaker, I ask that the minister move that the statement be noted.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson.

MR BARR: I table the following paper:

Weston Creek Community festival—Funding—Statement.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Human Rights Act—declaration of incompatibility

Statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development), by leave: Members may be aware that I intervened in 2010 in relation to an application for bail by Mr Isa Islam, which was originally made in 2009. The application involved a challenge under the Human Rights Act 2004 to provisions in the Bail Act 1992

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