Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 88..
MR STEFANIAK: For Ms McRae's benefit, I am instructed that the question was not answered on time due to an administrative oversight on the part of the department. I apologise for that. Although the question is complex, I will endeavour to have an answer prepared by the end of this current sitting period.
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, a question was asked of me by Mr Wood earlier today about questions Nos 84 to 88. In fact, answers were provided and submitted to the Table Office on 12 January. There seems to be some problem as to why they did not then proceed through the system. I am not sure what the nature of that problem is, but when I and the Secretariat find out what it is I will be happy to advise the Assembly.
Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition) (5.30): I want to make a very brief comment in the adjournment debate. It relates to a question that I asked Mrs Carnell at question time today. I asked Mrs Carnell how many determinations she had made as a substitute tribunal in the absence of an appointed Remuneration Tribunal. I just ask members to recollect that Mrs Carnell did undertake to provide those determinations to the Assembly. She has not yet done so. I wanted to point out that, if my memory of the Remuneration Tribunal Act is correct, those determinations must be provided to the Assembly within six sitting days. I earnestly trust that it is not Mrs Carnell's intention to utilise the maximum six sitting days and provide those determinations to the Assembly on Thursday of next week when, clearly, there will be no opportunity for the Assembly to ask any questions about the determinations. I think that we have all heard over and over again Mrs Carnell's claims of open and consultative government. It would be, I think, the nail in the coffin of that particular claim if we were to see the legislation utilised in a way that actually denied this Assembly its right to see those determinations and to ask questions about them. I raise the issue in the adjournment debate, and I sincerely hope that I do not have to raise it anywhere else.
Question resolved in the affirmative.