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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 12 Hansard (13 November) . . Page.. 3529..


Mr Humphries: That is exactly right. And you criticised us for not attending those meetings.

MR QUINLAN: Did I?

Mr Humphries: Yes, you did.

MR QUINLAN: I criticise? Did Hansard get that?

Mr Humphries: No, it was a press release.

MR QUINLAN: I have no recollection of me, personally, criticising you for not going to council.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Quinlan! Just direct your attention to Mr Pratt's supplementary question. Mr Humphries, you stay out of it.

MR QUINLAN: This government did not attend two Police Ministers Council meetings, and one of those was a screaming joke. One of those turned out to be, as was always expected, a non-meeting-a meeting where the Commonwealth minister sat ensconced in an office, a corridor away from the state ministers, and refused to meet with them and deal with them.

Mr Pratt: That doesn't matter. The meeting was on, and we were obliged to go there.

MR QUINLAN: Well, that is pointless. I will go to meetings, Mr Pratt, if I judge that there is some use in me going to them. The meeting immediately before the one Mr Stanhope attended was always going to be what it turned out to be: a joke meeting, unfortunately, engineered by a state colleague of mine, Mr Costa. It was, nevertheless, a pointless meeting.

Advertisement for ministerial staff

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, my question is addressed to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, on 5 October this year, the Canberra Times carried an advertisement under the ACT public service headline for the position of "Chief of Staff to Jon Stanhope MLA". Mr Speaker, I now seek leave to table a copy of the advertisement that actually appeared.

Leave not granted.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

MR HUMPHRIES: (Leader of the Opposition) (3.19): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Stefaniak from tabling a document.

MR SPEAKER: There is a way around this. If other members knew exactly what he was tabling, it might be easily resolved, but there is a question before the house at this point, and that is that standing orders be suspended.


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