Page 387 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 16 February 2016

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community’s identity and give expression to community values. Participation in the arts can include being an engaged audience member, a student, a maker, a performer or an arts worker. As outlined in the arts policy, participation should reflect the diverse cultures, heritage, age, gender, abilities, forms, locations and scales of arts practice.

CBRarts forums will continue throughout the year to help shape the implementation of our arts policy. These forums are part of the conversation with the community on issues related to the four principles of participation and access to the arts, great art and great artists, vitality of the Canberra region arts ecology, and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures. The Kingston arts precinct is a strategic priority and an opportunity to show the nation and the world just what Canberra has to offer. The ACT government will continue to support a diverse and dynamic arts environment which is valued locally, nationally and globally.

I look forward to continuing the good work of my ministerial predecessors in all these portfolios. I present the following statement:

Ministerial priorities—Ministerial statement, 16 February 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.38): I will just speak briefly in response to welcome the fact that the government has appointed a minister for veterans’ affairs, which is one of my shadow portfolios. This is a move that the opposition made some years ago when we appointed a shadow minister. The then leader, Zed Seselja, called on the government to have a minister for veterans’ affairs. It has come quite a few years after that call, but I do welcome it, and I offer Dr Bourke a bipartisan approach to this important matter. I look forward to working, I hope, with Dr Bourke on this important area—looking after veterans in our community. Hopefully, that will be reciprocated so that we can move forward in a bipartisan manner, as it is in the federal sphere. I think it has a long tradition in our community federally and locally of being such.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Amendment Bill 2015

Debate resumed from 19 November 2015, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.39): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this important legislation. The act will expire on 19 November 2021, five years after it commenced. The act needs to be reviewed before that date as we cannot just continue passing this legislation without reviewing its relevance and operation at that time.

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