Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (14 November) . . Page.. 3451..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
Change in travel behaviour is one of the most significant ways that we can tackle energy use in the city, and projects such as TravelSmart play a very important role in getting those changes happening.
Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper. I do wonder, Mr Speaker, whether it would be disorderly of me to suggest, having regard to the rather oppressive atmosphere in the chamber, that all members turn to the member closest to them and offer him or her the sign of peace-peace be with you.
Answers to questions on notice
Question Nos 1249 to 1300
MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I rise under standing order 118A. I have 48 questions on the notice paper, ranging from question No 1249 to question No 1300, that are unanswered by the Minister for Business and Economic Development. I wonder whether he has an explanation as to why they have not been answered.
MR STANHOPE: I understand, Mr Speaker, that the questions are indeed incredibly extensive. The resources required within the department at the time of transition were quite massive. The answering of the questions has demanded an enormous amount of time, energy and resource, probably will be at a cost of some thousands of dollars to the taxpayer and simply has not been able to be achieved to date.
If a member asks 100 questions in rote, demanding an answer on every page of a massive document, I do not think it is appropriate for me to require that they be answered immediately. The shadow minister asked a question on just about every page of the economic white paper. The cost of answering these questions probably will be thousands of dollars and I simply am not requiring of my department that they treat answering questions asked in that rote manner as a matter of priority.
Mr Speaker presented the following papers:
INK1">Study trips-Reports by-
Mr Berry MLA-Reproductive Choice Australia Forum-Melbourne, 23 October 2006.
Mr Seselja MLA-Menzies Research Centre policy think-tank-Sydney, 6 and 7 September 2006.
Papers and statement by minister
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following papers: