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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (24 March) . . Page.. 1381..


Mr Seselja: Why don't you answer the question, Katy? Can't you answer the question?

Mr Barr: We have identified some non-essential savings.

MS GALLAGHER: Talk about staff! Have a look at—

Mr Seselja: Is that why you guys don't want questions about it—because you can't answer them?

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Barr and Mr Seselja, thank you. Ms Porter has the call.

Infrastructure—investment

MS PORTER: My question without notice is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Could you update the Assembly on the government's progress towards delivering cycle infrastructure, footpaths and park-and-ride facilities and other infrastructure that was the subject of the ALP-Greens parliamentary agreement?

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker—

MR STANHOPE: I thank—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Stanhope. Stop the clocks. Mrs Dunne, on a point of order.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I do not wish to say this, but I am now completely confused as to whether or not mentioning the Labor-Greens agreement is in order or out of order. Ms Porter has just asked a question which goes to the heart of the Labor-Greens agreement. Last week you ruled on a point of order that Mr Seselja's question was out of order. I am now completely confused. Do you think you could cast some clarity on whether or not Ms Porter's question is in order?

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order—

MR SPEAKER: There is no need to, Mr Hargreaves. Mrs Dunne, for the exact reason you have just raised, I made some effort at the start of this question time to provide some clarity and I think I was extremely clear that—

Mrs Dunne: No, I don't think you were; that's the point.

MR SPEAKER: I was extremely clear, I think, that in this case Ms Porter's question is not out of order. The Chief Minister has direct portfolio responsibility for the provision of the services provided. I used the example of Mr Coe's question, which I indicated would be in order. Where it directly relates to a minister's portfolio responsibility, a passing reference to the parliamentary agreement I do not believe is out of order, and I think I clarified that in my statement at the beginning of question time.


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