Page 969 - Week 03 - Thursday, 28 February 2013

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For example, I was very interested in the heritage of the Lanyon artist residency program. I saw a piece that involved local plant life and grasses that were put through a weaving process. Clearly, again, there was the basketry with an international textile artist who came to live and work in Canberra.

Whether you are at the Canberra Glassworks, Craft ACT or the potters, all of these have new and emerging artists—

Dr Bourke: Point of order, Madam Speaker. I can hardly hear the minister speaking, even though she is standing in front of me, because of the noise coming from the opposition. Obviously, they have no interest in the arts whatsoever.

MADAM SPEAKER: I was about to comment on the level of conversation on both sides of the chamber. Out of respect for members, there should not be that level of conversation. If you need to have a conversation, go outside. Minister Burch.

MS BURCH: I will just go finally to Dr Bourke’s question. Clearly, the muttering and uttering over there indicates that they do not have any interest in arts. We have certainly seen that with the activities and positions that the Canberra Liberals have taken last year particularly on one of our local key organisations.

ACT Liberals—complaints

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney-General, can you please advise of any complaints received by your office about the Liberal Party of Australia ACT Division and its obligations under the Associations Incorporation Act. If you have received any complaints, what is your understanding of the circumstances surrounding these complaints?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. Yes, I have received a complaint to my office from a concerned member of the Liberal Party, raising concerns—

Members interjecting—

MR CORBELL: He must be part of that disaffected rump, Madam Speaker.

Mr Smyth: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! Point of order.

Mr Smyth: I just wonder whether, under ministerial code of conduct section 3.a, the second paragraph, the minister is abusing the code of conduct, which says:

Ministers must not use their position or information gained in the performance of their duties to gain a direct or indirect advantage for themselves …

MR CORBELL: That is a frivolous point of order, Madam Speaker, as you would know. On the point of order, Madam Speaker—

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