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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4820..


Ms McRae: I hardly think that is unparliamentary.

Mr Moore: I am happy, Mr Speaker. I do not think it is unparliamentary.

MR OSBORNE: Mr Moore is happy with being called "gutless". My supplementary question to you, Mr Moore, is this: Given what you have said, it would seem that the Government's commitment to be consultative really means that they will consult with only people who agree with them, and it was nothing more than an electoral stunt.

MR MOORE: Thank you, Mr Osborne, for the question. Indeed, the message that has now been sent out is that, if you agree with the Government, that is okay; you can come onto their committees. If you disagree with them or you say anything outside of it, then you can expect to be punished by Mr De Domenico and by this Government. That is what you can expect.

Mrs Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Disabled Persons - Swimming Lessons

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I have received a piece of paper in relation to the question Ms McRae asked me earlier in question time. Ms McRae, I am advised that from the 1997 ACT sport and recreation development program - that is the one that comes to me from the Sport and Recreation Council - $1,420 was granted to ACT Swimming to conduct a swimmers with a disability learn to swim program. As well as that, in terms of other programs, Ms McRae, you might not be aware, but the Royal Lifesaving Society has, for a number of years - it continues for a few more years under the current contract - conducted learn to swim classes for school students as part of an education program. I have checked with my colleague Mr Hird, who is involved with that organisation. He advises me that that also involves a number of children with disabilities. They gain experience in learning how to swim through the program conducted for schools by the Royal Lifesaving Society.

PERSONAL EXPLANATION

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services): Mr Speaker, in question time, during a question asked of Mr Osborne by Mr Moore - - -

Mr Osborne: What are you explaining for? I did not ask you the bloody question.

Mr Moore: It has nothing to do with him. He can sit down, Mr Speaker. I do not think it is appropriate, if Mr De Domenico has not been asked a question, for him to elaborate anymore. It is inappropriate. It is totally out of order for him to answer a question he was not asked.

MR SPEAKER: Order!


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