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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4461..


provider's profit margins relatively unaffected, absent any change to current subsidy levels, the NQA reforms are assumed not to deviate growth in the supply of early childhood ECEC places—early childhood places—from its projected "business as usual"path. While at the service level changes to the staff to child ratios will see some reconfiguration of places offered, in aggregate it is not anticipated that the supply will be impacted. I refer you, Mr Smyth, to page 40, I understand.

Answer to question on notice

Question No 973

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, under standing order 118(a) I seek an explanation from the Treasurer as to the reason for the failure to answer question No 973. The 30 days expired on 3 June. It is now three months and nearly three weeks since that expired. The minister said that she would get an explanation on Tuesday. It is now Thursday, and I do not have an explanation.

MS GALLAGHER: I do apologise to Mrs Dunne. I signed off the question today, so you should have it today.

MRS DUNNE: Under standing order 118(a), Mr Speaker, I would like an explanation as to the lateness.

MS GALLAGHER: I give an explanation: Mrs Dunne has asked a number of questions around Actew and Actew board papers. She has asked me questions about when I read the board papers. She has formed a select committee to inquire into a breach of privilege over Mark Sullivan's comments, in relation to evidence given—

Mrs Dunne: The Assembly formed the committee.

MS GALLAGHER: Sorry. Every question Mrs Dunne asks me on Actew, I go through forensically. I have gone back to try to locate the date on which I read the board papers that were of the particular month Mrs Dunne inquired into, and I have not been able to find the exact date. But there has been a lot of effort put into making sure that there are no mistakes in any of the advice provided to Mrs Dunne, for fear of me being sent before a privileges inquiry.

Standing order 73

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, earlier in question time, Mrs Dunne raised a point of order, and your response to the point of order was to say to Ms Burch, "Is there anything else you wish to add?"Mr Hanson then asked, "Are you going to uphold the standing orders?"I want to bring to your attention standing order 73. Standing order 73 says:

Upon a question of order being raised, the Member called to order shall cease speaking and sit and, after the question of order has been stated to the Speaker by the Member raising it, the Speaker shall rule on the matter.

The question for you, Mr Speaker is: is it fair to just simply say to Ms Burch, "Is there anything else you wish to add?"The standing order actually says that you "shall rule


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