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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3715..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

strength of an applicant's claims against respective selection criteria. The term "overqualified"has not been used in that feedback

Answers to questions on notice

Unanswered questions

MS DUNDAS: I seek explanations as to why I have not received, or have unable to find, answers to a long list of questions taken on notice in whole or in part during question time. On 14 May 2002 I asked the Minister for Health a question relating to tobacco use by young people. On 25 September 2002 I asked the Chief Minister a question relating to the ACT public service and to indigenous employees.

MR SPEAKER: Are these questions that were taken on notice?

MS DUNDAS: They are questions that were taken on notice during question time. On 20 November 2002 I asked the Minister for Planning a question regarding the Gold Creek joint venture. On 11 November 2002 I asked the Minister for Planning a question regarding the sale of land. On 12 March 2003 I asked the Attorney-General a question regarding the youth legal service. On 18 June 2003 I asked the Minister for Health a question regarding anti-smoking measures. On 20 August 2003 I asked the Chief Minister a question regarding green power.

On 24 September 2003 I asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services a question regarding employment for disabled people. On 10 March 2004 I asked the Chief Minister a question regarding green power. On 23 June 2004 I asked the Chief Minister a question regarding executive staff. I note that that question was taken on notice during estimates committee hearings. On 30 June 2004 I asked Minister Gallagher a question regarding children in playgroups. I should be given either an answer or an explanation as to why answers have not yet been provided.

MR STANHOPE: I have no explanation for or idea why the questions Ms Dundas suggests that I took on notice have not been answered. I will seek a response.

Question No 1605

MR SMYTH: I have not received an answer to a question that I asked of the Minister for Planning relating to energy efficiency ratings-question No 1605. As the answer to that question was due on 23 July, I ask the Acting Minister for Planning to establish why it has not been answered.

MR QUINLAN: The system that we have in place, which is the dumbest system, should be looked at and amended. A member refers to one of 1,600 questions and then asks a minister to explain why he or she has not answered that question.

Mrs Burke: You don't like it, do you, Ted? It means work.

MR QUINLAN: I am happy to be called to account but this is just stupid. A member asks a minister to explain why he or she has not answered a question when ministers have been sent about 16,000 questions.


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