Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 October 2017) . . Page.. 4318 ..
sector and the incredibly hard work that has been rewarded in our tourism and hospitality industry. We are repositioning Canberra nationally and internationally, implementing progressive policies that are being recognised around the country and around the world. This recognition today will be a fantastic boost to Canberra’s tourism industry. I encourage everyone, even the miserable cynics on the other side, to get behind our city just once in your life. Get behind Canberra.
Opposition members interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: The entertainment level is a bit high. Can we all restrain ourselves on the opposition benches just a tad?
Mr Hanson: I seek your guidance, Madam Speaker. If a minister, in this case the Chief Minister, in responding to questions is going to essentially taunt the opposition with comments like “miserable cynics” and so on, I think there is a level of parliamentary behaviour that is expected in an answer as well.
MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order. Mr Hanson, resume your seat.
MS ORR: Chief Minister, what can visitors to Canberra expect in 2018?
MR BARR: A significant program of world class events. The Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery is a world exclusive. It is the biggest collection ever seen in Australia. Hyper Real, which is now underway at the gallery, will continue over the summer period. Songlines at the National Museum is the first exhibition of its kind. A very significant event next year at the Australian War Memorial is the 100-year commemorations of the end of the First World War. There is no doubt that the dawn service on Anzac Day here in Canberra next year will be a very significant event.
There is more and better sporting and cultural content than ever before. There is the Big Bash League. There is Canberra’s first cricket test match at Manuka Oval. There is a range of events to celebrate our region’s fantastic coffee, food and wine. There is the truffle festival and farm gate sales. There is a very successful comedy festival. Canberra’s LGBTIQ Pride event, the SpringOUT festival, will be even bigger in 2018.
Visitors to Canberra will enjoy a wonderful series of events through 2018, as will Canberrans who participate in their hundreds of thousands in the city’s great events like Floriade, Enlighten and the National Multicultural Festival. It is no wonder that this city is the best place in Australia to live and the best place in the world to live. It is fantastic to see that recognition today.
Land—Dickson land swap
MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development. Minister, in question time yesterday, 24 October, your colleague Mr Gentleman said this in relation to an outstanding payment from the CFMEU for a car park as part of the land swap with the LDA, and I quote, “it is a matter for economic development to deal with and they are dealing with that.” Minister, when is the CFMEU due to pay the $3.2 million owing to the territory for the car park next to the Dickson Tradies club?