Page 2641 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video

She has set one aspect of the arts community against the other. She and her staff are the ones who have characterised this as a conflict between the print makers and the music makers. Only Joy Burch has done that. And only Joy Burch today has perpetuated that.

This is a disgraceful government response and it shows that this is an incompetent minister incapable of making a decision based on the facts, on the evidence; a minister who is incompetent and incapable of exercising leadership, because if she exercised leadership the clear evidence from the only impartial group who has looked at this matter is that there should be another approach.

No-one should ever say that the Canberra Liberals do not want Megalo at Kingston. We do want Megalo at Kingston. But we have here today admission from this minister that they cannot get it done. They made commitments to Megalo that they were never going to get done. We have seen a multitude of time lines for this project. It is not going to happen in a year. It was going to happen by June this year. It is not going to happen at least for another year. It has been on again, off again, because this minister cannot get it done. She cannot get her story straight and she will not listen to the community.

This is a disgrace, and the Canberra arts community, the wider arts community, will recognise the failings of this minister, who failed to show leadership when she had the opportunity.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Dr Bourke presented the following paper:

Pursuant to section 13 of the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004, the Canberra Institute of Technology annual report for 2011.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 10 May 2012, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.58): The Liberal opposition will be supporting the second Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (No 2). The bill makes minor, non-controversial amendments to the legislation administered by the JACS directorate. Six acts are amended.

I will comment only briefly on two aspects of this bill. The first relates to the amendments to the Emergencies Act 2004 and the Environment Protection Act 1997. These amendments will align the provisions of the two acts relating to backyard barbecues and to the approvals and requirements for burning off. Mr Smyth has some

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video