Page 845 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 27 February 2013
MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker, for your indulgence. It is indeed a big year for Canberra, a year in which we are seeing a number of firsts in terms of tourism events and opportunities. One only needs to look at the success of the one day cricket international and the women’s Australian golf open to show just how strong the sports program is this year. There are opportunities for a number of major events that we have in our usual event calendar, with the additional support they are receiving this year, to do more than they have done in years past. The National Multicultural Festival is a great example of that. This year’s event set new records and showed that with that boost in the centenary year we can aim higher with our existing events as well as bring new events into the calendar. That is an important opportunity and an important legacy from the centenary year.
Of course activities will continue to build towards that one very big day in March, but it is a year-long program and the government’s objective is for there to be a considerable legacy from this year. We have already been successful in bidding for future events, in the sporting arena in particular, in the years ahead. Through the infrastructure that has been developed for the centenary year, I think we have put the city on a very sound basis to continue to host major national and international events that will be able to enter the tourism awards in years to come.
Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
MADAM SPEAKER: Members, it was drawn to my attention that before we came up for lunch there was a member of the Assembly staff in the press box for a period of time. I draw members’ attention to page 333 of the Companion, which says that the press box in the Assembly chamber:
… may be used only by representatives from newspapers and radio and television stations to report proceedings of the Assembly.
I ask members to remind their staff of this requirement. I also remind members of the public that the press box is for the use of members of the press who hold an appropriate press pass.
Mr Corbell presented the following paper:
ACT Criminal Justice—Statistical Profile 2012—December quarter.
Lanyon valley—community facilities
MR WALL (Brindabella) (3.33): Firstly, I would like to thank Mr Seselja for bringing the initial motion to the Assembly today, ensuring that the residents of