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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 467..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

within the operation of the Supreme Court. I share with Mr Smyth concern about retrospective legislation. In this particular case, unfortunately, it is necessary. It is necessary to make right an error that was totally unintended in the original framing and passing of the bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11.21 am to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Gallop report

MR HUMPHRIES: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, yesterday in question time you were asked a question about the supply of the terms of reference for the consultants that have been retained to assess the Gallop report and its aftermath, including the terms of reference for the consultancy let to Ms Anne Cross. You said in respect of that consultancy and the others yesterday:

The terms of reference for both the consultants and the disability reform group have been issued publicly. They were attached to my press releases in relation to these matters. They are out there. It is a pity that everybody in Canberra has seen them except for the Liberal Party. I am more than happy to table them and more than happy to provide them directly to you. But they have been publicly distributed and distributed widely. It is a real pity that you have not bothered until now to get hold of them.

With the greatest respect, Chief Minister, that statement is not true. Your media release does not contain attachments for the terms of reference for Ms Cross, nor does the website, nor does any other location on the public record that we have been able to ascertain.

If you say that these terms of reference have been issued publicly, will you point to where they may be obtained publicly? If they are not publicly issued as you said to the Assembly yesterday, will you apologise for misleading the Assembly and table those terms of reference at the first opportunity, particularly before the close of business this evening?

MR STANHOPE: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the question. It was my understanding that the three sets of terms of reference-namely, the terms of reference for Anne Cross, the terms of reference for Mick Reid and the terms of reference for the disability reform group-had been circulated with media releases I had issued in relation to each of those matters. If that is not the case, I certainly do apologise.


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