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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 13 Hansard (4 December) . . Page.. 4590..

MR SPEAKER: I am happy to give leave; but I thought, frankly, you were making a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR CORBELL: No, I was not. Mr Speaker, I seek leave to - - -

MR SPEAKER: All right. Is leave granted?

Mrs Carnell: To ask another question?

Ms McRae: No; to seek clarification of the question that you have already answered.

MR SPEAKER: Be quiet, Ms McRae.

Leave not granted.

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MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I have some extra information to supply in answer to questions asked today. I hesitate to supply it, lest I be accused of misleading the house. I was asked about the date of the Cabinet meeting at which the decision on members of the Assembly's photographs appearing in publications was discussed. That was 17 November. On 20 November information was sent to all agencies of government that they should comply with that decision of Cabinet. I understand that it went to the chief executive officer of the Department of Health for promulgation within the health portfolio.

Mr Whitecross asked me whether the regulation I signed was signed after it was gazetted. Obviously not. It was signed on 20 November, before I left for Japan, and was gazetted on 28 November, while I was in Japan. I table a copy of a letter which was sent to all chief executives on 26 November by the Electoral Commissioner and which explains the effect of the new regulation made by the Government. It was a further level of information provided to agencies of government about this particular matter. I table that letter. It is a copy of one of the letters to one of the chief executives.


MR HUMPHRIES: The MOU referred to by Ms McRae was, in fact, signed by Mr Gilmour on 30 November, which is the day after I got back from my trip.

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