Page 2321 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 5 August 2015

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MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, please sit down; there is a point of order. Stop the clock.

Mr Hanson: My point of order is on relevance. Mr Wall’s supplementary question did not refer to advice from the Chief Police Officer. He referred to advice from the AFPA—that is the Australian Federal Police Association advice—in 2009 that a failure to legislate in line with New South Wales would lead to the ACT becoming an oasis for bikie gang activity.

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, which I am trying to rule on, Mr Hanson, Mr Wall mentioned the AFPA and not the AFP. Mr Corbell, you may have misheard that and you might like to address the question that Mr Wall asked.

MR CORBELL: Yes, I did mishear it, Madam Speaker. Thank you for the clarification. But the government takes its advice on these matters from the Australian Federal Police and not from the police union.


MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for the Arts. In July the government announced its art residencies for 2016. It was noted that the ACT Writers Centre, Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra Glassworks, CraftACT, PhotoAccess and the National Portrait Gallery will be funded under this initiative. Minister, what will the respective residencies at these organisations be doing?

MS BURCH: I will take on notice the particular bit about residencies and those organisations. Suffice it to say that at the Glassworks it would be glass based but they have done works with CraftACT where they have had a mix of textile and glass as well. But I am more than happy to bring that back when I can.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, what was the total number of prospective residencies that was considered and what were the criteria used in coming to the final decision by the government?

MS BURCH: It is a merit selection process. Again, there is an independent panel that would look at the various requests for residencies. The independent panel provides advice to artsACT. The quantum is limited. There is not an unlimited bucket. Again you probably have a series of questions and I will bundle all that I can and provide you with that information.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

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