Page 1539 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 April 2013

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MR COE: Minister, how were the business representatives selected to go on the trip with you?

MR BARR: There is, of course, a selection criterion process associated with the mission. The key objectives, as I have outlined, are that businesses need to be in a position to take advantage of those key trade missions. The ACT Exporters Network and the Canberra Business Council have been actively involved in working with mission participants.

As I indicated in my earlier response, there has actually been a strong call from the ACT business community for a trade mission to Indonesia, and we are very pleased to be able to work with the Exporters Network, the Canberra Business Council, the Australia Indonesia Business Council and, indeed, our education institutions who have all expressed a strong desire to be involved in this mission.

Sport—community facilities

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, a commentary in this week’s City News quotes you as saying in respect of the promise in last year’s election campaign to build a south side synthetic athletics track to stage major sporting events that:

… the site for the new facility hasn’t been decided and it was never the plan to build a facility that would replace the AIS as the venue for major track and field events in Canberra.

Minister, when did you conclude that Woden is not confirmed as the site for the south side synthetic athletics track and that the facility will not be an elite facility for grand prix events?

MR BARR: I have never not confirmed that Woden would be the site. We undertook in our election commitments that we would investigate a south side synthetic track. We have undertaken an analysis and looked at five different options. The best option is Woden, and I have never said that it would be a replacement for the AIS facility in Bruce.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: I seek some guidance, Madam Speaker. My question was not directly answered. There were a couple of other facets to that as to when I asked about grand prix events. The minister did not answer that at all.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister is supposed to be concise and directly relevant. If you feel that you have not been answered, you do have a supplementary question.

MR DOSZPOT: I have a supplementary question, which I would like to use as a supplementary question. I ask the direct question—

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