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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 2 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 484..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

see this project implemented across government. She will be providing regular reports to the government around how that is going and the work that needs to be done to make sure that it progresses on time and on budget.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson?

MR HANSON: Thank you, Mr Speaker. What is the risk of the ACT losing the proposed funding if your government fails to deliver on time and on budget?

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. That is a hypothetical question. It is asking for an opinion.

MR SPEAKER: The point of order is upheld.

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

Attorney-General

Motion of serious concern

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (2.52): I seek leave to move a motion in relation to comments made by the Attorney-General concerning the actions of two detainees from the Belconnen Remand Centre.

Leave not granted.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (2.52): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mrs Dunne from moving a motion in relation to comments made by the Attorney-General concerning the actions of two detainees from the Belconnen Remand Centre.

It is a serious matter when a member of the Assembly moves a motion to censure the actions of another member. It is not done lightly and it has been done in consideration of a range of matters. The minister made a series of statements which have been of concern to members of the opposition, I understand to members of the crossbench and to members of the community. Because of the status of that person it is important that this place address those at the first opportunity. It would have been my intention to do that first thing this morning, but more important and more serious national issues got in the way. As a result, this matter is being brought forward now at the first available time.

I do not wish to canvass the matters now. I will do so in the substantive motion. I wish to bring to the attention of the Assembly the seriousness of the issues at heart. The member has been given warning of this matter. He was given much more forewarning than he gave on an occasion in the previous Assembly when he moved to censure Mr Seselja, who had moved to censure the Green member on a matter. He was given much more notice than that.


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