Page 3543 - Week 09 - Thursday, 23 August 2018

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This is a great opportunity for our arts community to help shape government policy and influence the future of the arts in the ACT. I encourage anyone who is interested in applying to go to the ACT diversity register website and click on “Current Board Vacancies”.

MR STEEL: Minister, how will the creative council benefit the arts and wider community?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Steel, as always, for his questions. The goal of the creative council is to be a positive, solutions-focused ministerial advisory body for the arts in Canberra. As a two-way conduit of information, it will be able to provide strategic advice to the ACT government on the arts and sector issues.

Establishing the council is a direct response to community feedback to the ACT government and follows a series of roundtable discussions with the arts sector since July last year about its role and purpose. It will be another way to make sure that Canberra artists have the opportunity to share ideas, influence strategic direction and bring concerns to government, in addition to the many ways our arts community already engages with government, including through meeting with me and my office, access to specialist public servants in artsACT, targeted information sessions, roundtable consultations and through sharing their work with all of us in performances, exhibits, installations and festivals.

The council is intended to reflect the diversity of the ACT arts sector across all levels of practice and participation to ensure the best representation possible of our arts community and to build on our vision to have a diverse and dynamic arts ecology which is valued locally, nationally and globally.

This will assist the government to build on our arts policies, which promote and advance the arts across government and the community, reflecting the importance of the arts to all Canberrans for their health, wellbeing, personal and creative expression, and social inclusion.

Government—integrity commission

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Chief Minister. The exposure draft of the integrity commission legislation limits the commission from looking into matters if an investigatory body has already investigated or decided not to investigate conduct. The meaning of an investigatory body includes an entity with power to require the production of documents or the answering of questions. Chief Minister, under your current exposure draft, is it your intention that the Auditor-General should fall under the meaning of an investigatory body given they have powers to require the production of documents or the answering of questions?

MR BARR: This is the subject of consideration by the select committee, and I will not comment further at this stage.

MISS C BURCH: Chief Minister, is the drafting of this provision based on the approach of other jurisdictions and, if so, which jurisdictions and how has it affected their investigations?

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