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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (29 June) . . Page.. 2815..


MR SESELJA (continuing):

of us who have access to a car park. But this government and this Labor Party are saying to them ,"Get on the bus, regardless of what we do."

The government needs to refocus on delivering local services, on fiscal responsibility, and on ensuring that the important things are taken care of, before the legacy items and before the luxury items that we see funded in this budget and funded by the ACT Labor Party.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): Consistent with the motion that was passed, I table the following papers from which I quoted:

Tree planting—

Urban and catchment areas in the ACT.

Budget—Urban and catchment 2001-2010.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Before we proceed, members—please resume your seat, Mr Coe; I appreciate your youthful exuberance and eagerness—I would like to advise members of the Companion to the Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly. I am sure Mr Smyth can you tell the page number and Mrs Dunne can tell you the quote. I will quote to you from the compendium, because it shows a precedent. It says, on page 260, paragraph 13.19:

There has been an informal agreement in this place—

and "this place"refers to the Legislative Assembly of the ACT; it is not talking about the House of Representatives—

that members are entitled to read from briefs or speaking notes without having to table those notes. Where a member reads from, say, a letter or a document, that is another matter. Members would certainly expect to have to table that document if they use it on the floor of the house. This is a speaking note prepared for Mr Stefaniak in his office and he has read it in full.

That is the precedent that was quoted—in other words, that ministers, for example, need not necessarily table those pages. However, the Chief Minister has tabled the papers to which he was referring in his speech, and it is my understanding that he may have satisfied the content of the motion. Mr Coe?

Mr Coe: Mr Assistant Speaker, firstly, I find it interesting that the Chief Minister is quite free to leak documents regarding the AFP Chief Police Officer, yet here we have—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Excuse me, Mr Coe, can you come to the point of order a bit more quickly.


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