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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 Hansard (13 October) . . Page.. 4352..


Personal explanation

MR SMYTH (Brindabella): Under standing order 46, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: During question time, the Treasurer cast doubt on whether or not the figures of remuneration for the Chief Executive of Actew had ever been published and said she would check. I have been able to check—

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: this is not a personal explanation.

MR SMYTH: It is. She implied that I was lying and I am about to prove that I have not.

Mr Stanhope: This is not a personal explanation.

Ms Gallagher: No, I said I would check. I do not automatically assume you are telling the truth.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, this is not a personal explanation.

MR SMYTH: They have certainly been published in previous annual reports. The process was stopped under the current government.

Answer to question on notice

Question No 266

MRS DUNNE: Under standing order 118A, I seek an explanation from the Attorney-General as to why question on notice No 266, the 30 days having expired on 18 September, has not been answered.

MR CORBELL: The question has been answered and the response has been provided to the Secretariat.

MRS DUNNE: Could the minister tell us when the answer was provided to the Secretariat? Mr Speaker, saying that an answer has been provided to the Secretariat is not an explanation as to why the answer is late. I would like an explanation as to why the answer was late, and I would like to know when it was referred to the Secretariat.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I cannot advise when it was referred to the Secretariat. The question has been answered and provided to the Secretariat.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.05): Paragraph (b) of the standing order states:

(b) at the conclusion of the explanation or statement, move without notice "That the Assembly takes note of the explanation"...


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