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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 5 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 1563..


Ms MacDonald: Yesterday in debate—

MR SPEAKER: I have to rule in favour of Mrs Dunne.

Ms MacDonald: Can I ask a supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: No. The question is out of order. You cannot ask a supplementary question to a question that is out of order.

Ms MacDonald: Can I ask a separate question?

MR SPEAKER: No.

Policing—numbers

MR PRATT: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, in what way did you misconstrue Commissioner Keelty's comments last week on the issue of policing numbers in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Pratt for the question. I am not going to go into the details of the discussion I had with Commissioner Keelty. Commissioner Keelty made clear to me that what he felt he was trying to communicate around resourcing issues was not what I heard, and I accept his version of events. We had a full and frank discussion on the issue and I welcome his reassurances about what he was trying to communicate in his interview that morning on ABC radio. I have apologised for misconstruing those comments, because I think that is the only reasonable and decent thing to do. As a result, we are now in a position to be able to move on on these issues and, hopefully, forge a new policing agreement for the next five years with the AFP here in Canberra. I look forward to continuing to work with Commissioner Keelty and Chief Police Officer Fagan in doing so.

MR PRATT: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Minister, will you therefore be checking with Commissioner Keelty in the future before you make such criticisms as you did make in the Assembly and the media without checking with him?

MR CORBELL: It is a hypothetical question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I think that is right; it was hypothetical.

Taxation

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Chief Minister and Treasurer. Chief Minister, how do the ACT's taxation levels compare with other jurisdictions in Australia?

MR STANHOPE: I am very pleased with the question, Mr Gentleman, and one has to ask why it is that the Liberal Party in this place are not interested in relative taxation levels in the ACT. I would have thought it was a very important issue and a very important question. Why don't the shadow Treasurer nor the Leader of the Opposition


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