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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4465..


MR SPEAKER: One moment, Ms Bresnan. If it is the entire conduct of question time, that is not a ruling; that will have to come to something rather more serious, if that is the path you wish to—

Mr Seselja: In terms of moving a no-confidence motion, is that what you are suggesting to us?

MR SPEAKER: I am not suggesting anything.

Mr Seselja: If it is the only way we can be heard, we will consider that and we will table that.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Just grab a seat again, Mr Seselja. There are a number of ways you can be heard. We have had some discussion in the chamber this week. I have just offered, a couple of minutes ago, for you and I to have a discussion outside of the chamber, and there are other options which you have just alluded to. So I think there are a number of pathways. And I think we should move on now, Mr Seselja.

Mr Seselja: Well, we will consider our options.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. We will now move to the presentation of papers.

Intergovernmental agreements

Papers and statement by minister

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): I present the following papers:

Intergovernmental agreements—

List of agreements signed by the ACT Government, as at 23 September 2010.

Schedule of Ministerial level negotiations as at September 2010.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: On 13 December 2005, the Legislative Assembly repealed the Administration (Interstate Agreements) Act 1997. During the repeal debate, the government committed to three non-legislative transparency measures in relation to intergovernmental agreements or IGAs. These were: to table a list of IGAs currently being negotiated every six months; to table all signed IGAs as soon as practicable; to publish the signed IGAs on the register on the Chief Minister's Department website.

I welcome this opportunity to reiterate the government's firm commitment to establishing a less rigid and more comprehensive flow of information to the Assembly


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