Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3846..
MR SMYTH (continuing):
of the government's program of land release and alerts agencies to potential ecological issues.
Wildlife Research and Monitoring recovers the costs of providing information to external clients when the information is normally available to the public. In this case a charge was made of three hours work at $90 an hour, a total of $270. Wildlife Research and Monitoring is regularly asked to attend site meetings, along with other government agencies, in order to provide advice and information, when it is available, on development proposals.
MR STEFANIAK: Further to Ms Tucker's question, I recall signing a letter to all members, but I am also advised that every member of the Assembly received a copy of the Roy Morgan Research report, which included questions, answers and methodology. I am advised that my DLO, Sara Lynch, hand - delivered copies to each MLA's office. If for some reason something went wrong there, I am happy to get you an extra copy, Ms Tucker.
MR STEFANIAK: Mr Humphries has just replied to a question Mr Quinlan asked. I think Mr Quinlan went to a meeting of traders. Perhaps the trader who contacted him also contacted me and made some additional allegations. Tony Brown from Fair Trading is, I understand, following those up as a result of the concerns expressed to me.
Mr Stanhope: I take point of order, Mr Speaker. I would be grateful if you could give me some explanation of the criteria you are using for naming members. I notice that you remembered with some alacrity that you had named me three times this week. I wonder whether you could remember which other members you have named and whether or not you could give me some explanation of why it is that I in particular come to your attention. Why is it that my conduct attracts this particular attention from you but the conduct of some other members perhaps does not? It would be useful for us to know what criteria you are applying so that we can be assured that there is no suggestion that you are being less than objective, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: First of all, we had better get the nomenclature right. I have warned you, Mr Stanhope. I have not named you. If I had, you would not be here. The reason you are warned is that you continually interject when ministers are trying to answer questions. I do not warn you at the first interjection. I have normally called you to order. Over the last three days - and I am pleased that you have noticed it - I have warned you because of constant interjections. I can assure you if in the new millennium your interjections continue I shall continue to do so.
Mr Stanhope: But will you apply these rules objectively, Mr Speaker?
MR SPEAKER: Yes, I shall.