Page 2367 - Week 06 - Thursday, 10 May 2012

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MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, regarding the potential for light rail in Canberra, are the only financing options that you are examining ones that require federal funding, or are you looking at how the ACT could progress light rail itself?

MR CORBELL: Both, Mr Speaker.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, have you had any conversations or have you engaged in any way with the New South Wales government on improving regional rail services, such as the line from Canberra to Bungendore, or even looking at the closed line from Canberra to Cooma?

MR CORBELL: Discussions when it comes to engagement with the region are the responsibility of the Chief Minister. I would need to take the question on notice and seek some advice from her.


MR SPEAKER: I wish to acknowledge the presence in the public gallery of a former member of this place, Mr David Lamont, and I welcome you back to the Assembly.

Questions without notice


MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for the Arts. Minister, on 29 March this year in answer to a question from Mr Seselja you said:

I have made my point clear. I just refer to an article that was in the Canberra Times in “Opinion” on 27 March where the author makes it very clear that public art’s benefits are extensive. In different contexts it assists society in many ways. Public art can build a sense of place and ownership, stimulate thought and dialogue, humanise urban spaces, educate in healthcare settings, increase property values and stimulate tourism and local economic development.

Minister, did you use that quote, which was in fact misquoted, to validate the point that you were making in answer to your question to Mr Seselja?

MS BURCH: You did verbal me and I think that was the second week in a row that you, I think, misquoted me, Mrs Dunne. I do not have Hansard in front of me. I will answer the question, Mrs Dunne. I do not have Hansard in front of me. I do not have the quote which I was using from the Canberra Times by a local—I think he is a local—commentator about his views of the benefits of public art.

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