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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 November 2015) . . Page.. 4182 ..

In closing, I look forward to coming back to this place in early 2016 and sharing the fabulous work of artsACT and what they do to engage support and to consult with arts providers and artists in the ACT and indeed the incredible contribution that each one of them has made. I thank and acknowledge the work of artsACT, the officials that Mr Smyth is so keen to disrespect and dismiss. The officials of artsACT work hard, engage with our local community and provide the support that our local arts sector needs.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Dr Bourke): You have an amendment, Ms Burch?

MS BURCH: I will not be supporting Mr Smyth’s motion. That is fairly clear from my comments. I move:

Omit all words after paragraph (1)(a), substitute:

“(b) the value of the arts as an underlying element to our city’s economic prosperity and social wellbeing;

(c) the public release this year of the Economic Overview of the Arts in the ACT and the recognition of the enormous contribution the arts make to the Canberra economy;

(d) the Minister’s on-going commitment to developing and supporting the arts in the Territory and the continued consultation with the arts sector to support the objectives of the ACT Arts Policy; and

(e) the positive feedback that has been received from the ACT arts community on the ACT Arts Policy; and

(2) calls on the Minister to:

(a) inform the Assembly of the continued consultation process with the ACT arts community; and

(b) provide an update to the Assembly in early 2016 on the progress of working with the arts community on continued implementation of the ACT Arts Policy.”.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (5.25): I was hesitating. I thought Mrs Jones might want to stand and talk about the Nazi strippers one more time, but it seems she has—

Mrs Jones: Happy to discuss the Nazi strippers any time.

MR RATTENBURY: You do seem unhealthily obsessed by it. I welcome the opportunity to discuss arts in the chamber this afternoon, with Mr Smyth bringing forward his motion. The motion focuses on the 2012 and 2015 arts policy frameworks, which have been the primary arts policy documents for the territory over the past four years, and presumably will continue to be into the next couple of years. It is familiar turf for Mr Smyth to express his view that there are insufficiently detailed reporting mechanisms embedded in the arts portfolio.

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