Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 22 March 2017) . . Page.. 876 ..
MR PARTON: Attorney, will you now answer the original question, which is: what is your strategy for ending the Canberra greyhound racing industry?
MR RAMSAY: All of the questions that I took on notice have been answered and recorded in Hansard.
MR MILLIGAN: Attorney, are the future funding arrangements for harness racing and horse racing in jeopardy?
MR RAMSAY: No.
Racing industry—memorandum of understanding
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services. The memorandum of understanding between the ACT government and the ACT racing industry on funding is due to expire this year. What work has gone into the new MOU between the government and the racing industry and what will be the length of this agreement?
MR RAMSAY: I thank the member for his question. I have met with both the thoroughbred and the harness racing clubs. I have had preliminary discussions in relation to the memorandum of understanding. The directorate has also had conversations on it. There are a number of issues being worked through not only in relation to the funding but in relation to the timing of funding and in relation to matters that may be of assistance to either of the two racing industries. That will be a matter for negotiations between the directorate, on behalf of the government, and those industries.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, are you planning to defund harness racing in the ACT at the conclusion of this new MOU?
MR RAMSAY: As I have indicated in my previous answer and also in answers in Hansard, there is no question over the ongoing funding of harness or thoroughbred racing.
MR PARTON: Minister, are you seeking in the future to end all sports involving animals?
MR RAMSAY: No.
MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Canberra has recently hosted an incredible range of events, festivals and exhibitions, drawing in a large number of visitors as well as locals. Can the Chief Minister outline the cultural and economic importance of having this diverse range of events in Canberra?