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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 3 Hansard (25 February) . . Page.. 994..


Mr Coe: Check what I said.

MR STANHOPE: I'll check.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR STANHOPE: I had better correct that. I understood Mr Coe had said yesterday that he never included the names of constituents. He has now conceded that perhaps he did from time to time include the names of constituents. If that is the case, I am just confirming that, in fact, he does.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, could I seek your ruling and your indulgence. The Chief Minister has just threatened to table constituent correspondence. Could I seek your ruling as to whether, if he did that, that would be in breach of the standing orders in that it would impair Mr Coe's capacity to conduct himself as a member of this place, in addition to being a breach of privacy to publish correspondence without the permission of the constituents?

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, I am happy to give you my ruling, but I will have to defer that.

Mrs Dunne: I would be happy for that to happen, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I will go back and check the transcript, when it is published, and I will come back to the chamber with a ruling.

Paper

Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Study trip—Report by Ms Le Couteur MLA—Media Skills Training—Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra—25 and 26 November 2008.

Maternity leave

Debate resumed.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.12): I speak in support of Mr Hargreaves's amendment and also to congratulate Ms Hunter on bringing forward this motion in relation to maternity leave. I understand Ms Hunter has brought this forward at this stage, before the finalisation of the Productivity Commission's report, because this is the last opportunity that the Assembly has to discuss matters relating to a range of women's affairs before International Women's Day, and Ms Hunter wanted to concentrate on maternity leave as an issue in the run-up to International Women's Day. I think that is laudable, and it is also laudable that there is general agreement in the Assembly about the importance of maternity leave and the impact that will have on the community and on mothers in the raising of their children. Overall, the general


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