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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 54..


Question No 1382

MR SMYTH: Also under standing order 118A, I seek an explanation from the Minister for Police and Emergency Services as to why question No 1382 is unanswered.

MR CORBELL: Again, I have signed off an answer to Mr Smyth's question. I understand it will be with him shortly.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I actually asked for an explanation. The minister said that he signed it. We accept that. But why is it overdue at this stage? The actual standing order asks for an explanation as to the overdue nature.

MR SPEAKER: There are two things. It has just been indicated by the Secretariat that a number of these questions do appear to have been answered. The list has been recently updated. So that is the first part of it.

On Mr Smyth's point of order, the standing order does invite an explanation. That explanation can take a number of forms. I would invite ministers in the future to be mindful of perhaps giving reasons as to why the answers to questions have been so significantly delayed.

Question No 1287

MR HANSON: Under standing order 118A, I ask the Attorney-General for an explanation regarding question on notice 1287, which is overdue.

MR CORBELL: I am not aware of whether or not I have dealt with that question. I will seek an explanation from my office and provide further advice to the chamber.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Planning—Molonglo land release

MR BARR: Way back last year, on 7 December, I took on notice a question from Ms Bresnan. The question related to whether ACTPLA had received any advice from the EPA in relation to asbestos washing downstream. The answer to Ms Bresnan's question is no.

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following papers that were circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting:

Standing order 191—Amendments to—

ACT Teacher Quality Institute Bill 2010, dated 14 and 15 December 2010.

Gaming Machine (Problem Gambling Assistance) Amendment Bill 2010, dated 13 December 2010.

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General's Reports Nos

10/2010—2009-10 Financial Audits, dated 21 December 2010.


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