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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (20 August) . . Page.. 2440..


Mrs Cross: I rise on a point of order, Mr Speaker. Would the Chief Minister like to get back to me with an answer to that, rather than writing it off?

MR SPEAKER: It is up to the Chief Minister.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. It is the convention in this place, if a minister rises and says that he cannot answer a question, to take it on notice. We can move a motion that asks the minister to take it on notice. I think it is a simple courtesy of this place that that be the case. If he does not know, he should take the question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: As I said, Mr Humphries, it is up to the minister.

MR STANHOPE: If there is an answer to the question, I will take the question on notice. I was asked to say when I first became aware that the waiting list was 4,050.

Mrs Cross: You said that you did not remember. When you recollect, maybe you will get back to me.

MR STANHOPE: That is an absolutely absurd question. I am not answering questions on when-which minute of which day of the month-I discovered that there were 4,050 people on the waiting list. I am not answering that question. It is an absurd, puerile, nonsensical, laughable question.

Proposed Gungahlin boarding house

MS MacDONALD: My question is to the minister for housing. Minister, what do you have to say in response to the opposition's claim that there has been a lack of consultation with the Gungahlin Community Council and the Gungahlin Equality Party over the proposed Gungahlin boarding house?

Mr Cornwell: I rise on a point of order, Mr Speaker. I think that the question calls for an expression of opinion in asking the minister what he has to say. I refer to standing order 117 (c) (i). It may be easier to rephrase the question but I am not particularly interested in Mr Wood expressing what he has to say about it.

Mr Smyth: Who is writing your questions?

Mrs Dunne: We can lend you our dorothy dix writers, if you like.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Do you want to have a bit of a chookhouse fight here? Come on, just settle down for a minute. Mr Cornwell, the question easily could have commenced, "How do you respond?" "What do you have to say" means the same to me and I am prepared to allow the question.

MR WOOD: I have noticed a number of claims in various sources by someone on the other side of the chamber about there being a lack of consultation, but I do not think that the claims are supported by the facts. There has been consultation. Might I say that since the day that this fine proposal was initiated by the former government there has been


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