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the total employment share in the territory. So boosting our tourism sector is important to the overall economic growth of the territory.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.
DR BOURKE: Minister, what sort of economic impact do these events bring to Canberra?
MR BARR: The National Gallery’s Renaissance exhibition in 2011-12, which was exclusive to Canberra and attracted 213,000 visitors, provided an estimated $75 million into the territory economy. The National Library’s Handwritten exhibition, which ran over the same period as the Renaissance exhibition, attracted 73,000 visitors and contributed an estimated $18.6 million to the territory economy.
Toulouse-Lautrec was a wonderful start to the centenary year, attracting 170,000 visitors, making it one of the Gallery’s top 10 most visited exhibitions of all time and injected around $37 million into the territory economy. Turner from the Tate: the making of a master attracted 153,627 visitors and injected nearly $34 million into the territory economy.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.
MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, what risks are there that these large exhibitions will not happen in the future?
MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, could you repeat that?
MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, what risks are there that these large exhibitions will not happen in the future?
MR BARR: The greatest risk would be a change of government locally because the Canberra Liberals have opposed this investment in major events. Each time we have put this fund up for approval of the Assembly, the Canberra Liberals have voted against it. So there is only one party in this place that does not support the tourism and events sector, and it would be the Canberra Liberals. My evidence for this is that each time I put this fund up as an idea and put it in the budget, the Liberals vote against it.
Ms Gallagher: Madam Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answers to questions without notice
Hospitals—Centenary Hospital for Women and Children
MS GALLAGHER: I have one matter from question time. I said that there had been an increase of about 11 per cent in admissions to the women’s and children’s hospital. I will correct the record. In the first two months of opening there was an increase of 22 per cent in births compared to the same period the year before, but this demand has now moderated.