Page 382 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 12 February 2013

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MS BURCH: I thank Ms Berry for the supplementary question. This year was also part of our centenary, which I think is why we allowed the footprint to stretch, to be bigger than before. It is important with the festival to allow that ongoing participation from various community groups.

If I can just indulge with some feedback that I have received this morning, for example—

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, Minister Burch, the question was about what you will be doing to promote the Multicultural Festival. Could I ask you to be concise and directly relevant to the question?

MS BURCH: Thank you, Madam Speaker, but what I am answering is that the positive feedback we get from community groups enhances what we continue to do. It goes a little bit to what Mr Doszpot asked about how we review this as well.

Opposition members interjecting—

MS BURCH: It is important that we listen to the voice of our multicultural community about their participation, what works for them—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS BURCH: how we can enhance those services for them. I think that is a reasonable response, Madam Speaker.

Ms Berry: Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you have a point of order, Ms Berry?

Ms Berry: Yes, Madam Speaker, I have a point of order. I am actually interested in the answer here and I am trying to put on my “mother’s ears” and ignore the white noise, but they are not working today.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, it was getting a little noisy. I was beginning to have trouble hearing Ms Burch. I was having considerable trouble hearing Ms Burch answer Ms Berry’s question in relation to promotion. If you would like to answer the question in relation to what you are doing to promote the Multicultural Festival, we will be glad to hear it.

MS BURCH: There is very little interest from those opposite. I think that reflects that they went to the most recent election with no multicultural policy at all.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister Burch, this is not a child’s game to see how far you can push your parents or something like this. I expect rulings in this place to be kept. If I make a ruling and call you to order to be relevant, I expect you to be relevant and not to go off on another tangent about what other people in the Assembly—in this place—may or may not think about your policy.

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