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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (9 April) . . Page.. 828..


Personal explanation

MR HUMPHRIES (Leader of the Opposition): Pursuant to standing order 46, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed.

MR HUMPHRIES: Thank you, Mr Speaker. During question time, the Attorney-General referred to attempts made by the ACT over a number of years to secure a seat on the Ministerial Council on Corporations and suggested that the Attorney-General at the time-I think he actually named me-had failed to act in such a way as to promote that case. He said that I had lost interest in the fight to obtain that seat. He also suggested that there might not even have been attendance at those meetings because there were other distractions or reasons for the government of the day not to send the relevant minister to those meetings.

Mr Speaker, as the relevant minister at those meetings, to the best of my recollection I attended all the meetings of the Ministerial Council on Corporations. I fought very hard in the entire period of my membership of the council for the ACT to be given a seat on it-a seat it had never held since the day the council was set up in 1990. Our efforts never stinted in that respect, but they were unsuccessful on several occasions because other states took the view that the ACT ought not to be represented. I categorically refute suggestions that there was any lack of energy on the part of the ACT in securing a seat on that council.

Auditor-General's Report No 1 of 2002

MR SPEAKER: For the information of members, I present the following report:

Auditor-General Act-Auditor General's Report No 1 of 2002-Special Purpose Review of Part of the Commission of Audit Report on the State of the Territory's Finances at 31 October 2001, dated 8 April 2002.

Motion (by Mr Wood, by leave) agreed to:

That the Assembly authorises the publication of Auditor-General's Report No 1 of 2002.

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Proposed Gungahlin Drive Extension-Letter from Minister for Planning in response to the Assembly's resolution of 12 December 2001, dated 26 March 2002.

Discrimination against Women-Copy of letter from Chief Minister to the Prime Minister concerning the Assembly's resolution of 6 March 2002, dated 22 March 2002.


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