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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1228..


Rugby world cup

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Planning and relates to the likelihood of the rugby world cup games being held in Canberra in October and November 2003. I hope I have better luck than Mr Pratt in getting an answer.

Minister, if Labor persists with its ill-conceived plan to construct the western route of the Gungahlin Drive extension, will you be ploughing up the AIS/Canberra Stadium car parks at about the time the rugby world cup players take the field? Are you jeopardising the chances of maintaining world cup matches by turning Bruce into a construction site? Are you also jeopardising the sterling efforts of your colleague, Ms MacDonald, to get the Wallabies to come to Canberra during the world cup?

MR CORBELL: I have already answered Mrs Dunne's question.

MRS DUNNE: I will ask a supplementary question.

MR SPEAKER: It is hard to ask a question supplementary to a question that has been fully answered.

Mr Humphries: Says who?

MR SPEAKER: Says me.

Mr Humphries: Can you point to the standing order that is a foundation for that?

MR SPEAKER: If you look at standing order 117 (h) it says that a question fully answered cannot be renewed. If Mrs Dunne wants to ask a second question, she will have to get the leave of the Assembly.

Mr Humphries: She is asking a supplementary question.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question has to have something to do with the question fully answered. I am finding it difficult to work out how a question fully answered can have a supplementary question asked of it. The question has been fully answered. Therefore, I will not entertain another question on the subject.

Mr Cornwell: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order on that matter. You claim that the question has been fully answered, but there have been many occasions when a question has been taken on notice and a supplementary question asked. There is no way in the world that the original question, having been taken on notice, could be regarded as being fully answered.

Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: you can only have a supplementary question if you have already asked a question. That is the basis on which you ask supplementary questions. If you are unable to ask a question because the question has already been answered, it is very difficult to ask a question supplementary to an original question that has not been asked. So, Mr Speaker, I think your ruling is entirely consistent. This simply points to the failure of the opposition to get their questions in order in the first place.


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