Page 1413 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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to become a lawyer and spent countless hours working for his community as a member of the Bendigo Bank board and the Gungahlin Community Council, I thought to myself: here is a man who, despite some pretty tough blows, has worked hard to achieve his goals and give back to his community.

I think that is something we can all respect and that is the Jayson that I, and I am sure many others, will always remember.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.

MADAM SPEAKER: I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly, as a mark of respect to Mr Hinder, to suspend. That being the case, the chair will be resumed at the ringing of the bells.

At 10.46 am the sitting was suspended until the ringing of the bells.

The bells having been rung, Madam Speaker resumed the chair at 11.04 am.


The following petition and e-petition were lodged for presentation:

Arts funding—petition 7-17

By Ms Cheyne, from 510 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that Arts Funding needs to be directed to provide the best possible return on investment for ACT artists, organisations, and the community. Recent announcements in Arts Project Funding highlight the need for funding and policy to be expanded and administered in consultation with arts practitioners so that it addresses the needs of the ACT Arts sector.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to call on the Government to:

1. Honour its election commitment to increase annual Project Funding by $500K so that each year recurrent Project Funding is budgeted at a minimum of $1.25 million, commencing in the 2017-18 budget year.

2. Ensure that this increase in Project Funding be funded through an increase in the Arts Fund, and not taken from other parts of the Arts Fund.

3. Set up an Arts Ministerial Advisory Board by 1 September 2017, reporting directly to the minister. This board will be established to provide principled and transparent advice around arts funding and policy, and made up of arts practitioners nominated by the Arts community.

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