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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3858..


MR WOOD (continuing):

questions that she thought had not been answered. On 24 September 2003 I took a question on notice. Ms Dundas said she had not received an answer to that question. However, on 3 October 2003 two pages of facts and figures were hand delivered to her office. She has since been sent another copy in case she lost the earlier one.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Gungahlin Drive extension

MR WOOD: Yesterday Ms Tucker asked me a question about wildlife monitoring on Gungahlin Drive extension. I am advised that the wildlife consultant confirmed that his representatives conducted checking inspections on 5 August and on each day over a five-day period when tree felling occurred. No tree felling occurred on 3 August because of rain and no work was done on Sundays.

I am advised that on 14 August the wildlife consultant witnessed trees being felled and conducted post-felling inspections. After the morning's tree felling the consultant completed his checking and left. Early in the afternoon a representative from the RSPCA and the site management consultant undertook further inspections of the morning's felling.

At about 3.30 pm some tree felling was undertaken in an area where pre-clearing wildlife checking had previously been undertaken. Also at about 3.30 pm two carers arrived as scheduled for the afternoon inspection. The site management consultant provided spotting for this activity and monitored the carers who left the site at about 4.45 pm, whatever that is all about.

Answer to question on notice

Unanswered question

MS GALLAGHER: Yesterday at the end of question time Ms Dundas expressed concern about the fact that I had not answered a question I had taken on notice on 30 June 2004. That question was answered on 1 July 2004, the following day, at the end of question time.

Unparliamentary language

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker I seek your ruling as to whether the term "suppurating boil"is parliamentary. If it is not, I ask the Chief Minister to withdraw that term.

MR SPEAKER: I do not know in what context that term was used.

MRS DUNNE: In the cut and thrust of question time today Mr Stanhope took exception to a word that I used-the word "bleated". I take his point. In responding to that I think he said that I was a suppurating boil, or he may just have said that opposition members were a suppurating boil. I did not hear all that he said, but I did hear the words "suppurating boil"and I would like them withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: I did not hear it clearly. I will look at the Hansard and report back.


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