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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 1 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 52..


Acton-Kingston Land Swap

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, during the course of question time, Mrs Carnell referred to consultation with Ministers in relation to the Kingston land swap. Would she please provide or table advice from Ministers in relation to that?

Mrs Carnell: Don't be silly.

MR BERRY: She replies, "Don't be silly. I will not table the advice from Ministers". That is outrageous.

MR SPEAKER: With the indulgence of the Assembly, we might pause to allow the cameras to be withdrawn.

Ms McRae: Do you not want a question? We had a question for you.

MR SPEAKER: They may be placed on the notice paper.

Ms McRae: No; for the cameras.

MR SPEAKER: I thank members for their indulgence.

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MINISTERS
Papers

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.19): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following papers:

Code of Conduct - Ministers, Australian Capital Territory, April 1995.

Legislative Assembly (Members' Staff) Act - Determination, dated 2 May 1995.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

Throughout the election campaign and since we took government, I have declared our commitment to open and accessible government with full consultation and accountability to the people of the ACT. We have promised, and started to organise, monthly ministerial visits to the community to seek their views and ideas. We have stated that we will examine the ACT's defamation laws to ensure consistency with accountability principles. We believe that the FOI Act should be amended to guarantee more accessible, available and affordable information about the workings of government. We are developing a model for community councils to consult with local residents.


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