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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 2 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 776..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

Human Cloning and Embryo Research Act, pursuant to section 50—National Health and Medical Research Council—Embryo Research Licensing Committee—Report to the Parliament of Australia for the period 1 April to 30 September 2008, dated December 2008.

I seek leave to make a short statement, and this statement is short.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I present the 1 April 2008 to 30 September 2008 report to the parliament of the National Health and Medical Research Council's Embryo Research Licensing Committee for tabling in today's Assembly. Under section 50 of the Human Cloning and Embryo Research Act, the licensing committee must prepare and give the ACT Minister for Health reports on the operation of the act and the licences issued under the act during that year as soon as practical after the end of each quarterly reporting period. According to the reporting requirement of the Human Cloning and Embryo Research Act, the Minister for Health must present a copy of the NHMRC licensing committee 1 April 2008 to 30 September 2008 report to the parliament, to the Legislative Assembly, within six sitting days after receipt of the report.

Paper

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

ACT Psychiatric Services Unit—Review, prepared by the ACT Human Rights Commission and ACT Health, dated 13 January 2009.

Attorney-General—motion of serious concern

Statements by minister and member

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services), by leave: Yesterday there was a debate in relation to comments brought by Mrs Dunne in relation to comments I had made about events involving two prisoners at the Belconnen Remand Centre. During that debate, Mrs Dunne alleged that I had reflected upon the guilt of two men who had been charged in relation to that incident. She went on to say that this was a live matter before the court and contended that I had committed a contempt of court.

I would like to place on the record an invitation to Mrs Dunne to correct the record in this regard. I fear she may have misled the Assembly in that the two men had not been charged at the time I made those statements. Therefore, it was not a live matter before the court and as a result I have not committed a contempt of court. I invite Mrs Dunne to correct the record and apologise to the Assembly.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker: the attorney is going very close to reflecting on the vote of the Assembly by bring this matter here.

MR CORBELL: Are you going to correct the record or not?


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