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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (31 March) . . Page.. 1430..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

should be taken as a given that a coronial inquest-a quasi-judicial process-should be accorded by this Assembly and by all parliaments the same respect that we provide in relation to proceedings in courts.

I say that again, just by way of explanation of my view and my attitude on this matter: I cannot answer some of the questions that are being asked. I simply do not have information. The information is being provided by a variety of witnesses through the coronial process. For the opposition to ask me in this place to answer questions about which I have absolutely no information and to seek to make some political gain out of the fact that I perhaps do or do not know the answer to certain questions is to my way of thinking very tawdry politics.

Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Papers

Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

January 2003 Bushfires-Answer to questions without notice asked of Mr Stanhope by Mr Smyth (Leader of the Opposition) and taken on notice on 11 March 2004.

Public Interest Disclosure Act-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Stanhope by Ms Tucker and taken on notice on 11 March 2004.

Summernats-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Stanhope by Ms Tucker and taken on notice on 11 March 2004.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Bushfires-insurance for firefighters

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, yesterday Mr Smyth prompted me about a question that he had asked on 12 February about indemnity covering the Bushfire Act. Mr Smyth, I can see the confusion. I said, when I answered the question, I would get back to you, which I did, about a dozen pages on in the Hansard after question time. I did invite you to come back if you had more questions. At page 307 of the Hansard of 12 February, you will find that fairly brief answer.

State of the environment report

Paper

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs) (3.30): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Commissioner for the Environment Act, pursuant to section 9-State of the Environment Report 2003, prepared by the Commissioner for the Environment.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising publication of the paper.

Leave granted.


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