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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (21 September) . . Page.. 4193..


MR SPEAKER: I do not need you to read the whole question.

MR BARR: I understand CIT had to compile a significant amount of information to answer Mr Doszpot's question, but I have seen it and signed it off. I think I signed it two or three days ago, so I am surprised that it is not with him now.

Estimates 2011-2012—Select Committee

MR HANSON: I seek leave to make a brief statement regarding recommendations arising from the budget estimates report.

Leave not granted.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.06): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Hanson from making a statement in relation to recommendations contained in the Report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2011-2012.

Mr Hanson has sought leave to make a brief statement. I understand that there are recommendations out of the estimates committee that require the government to report by particular times. Those times seem to have passed. It seems to be perfectly reasonable that Mr Hanson should use the time which is set aside after question time to raise an issue such as this. The government seems to have failed to do its job. This is private members' day. The government cannot say that we are cutting into its time. This is an appropriate thing for Mr Hanson to raise in a statement by way of leave.

Mr Corbell could probably get the title of Mr Discourteous in this place because he will not give leave on these occasions. He was caught out yesterday, and he has not actually learned yet. It is about time that Mr Corbell started to show some courtesy in this place. At the moment he has shown that he is incapable of doing so.

MR SPEAKER: Let us stick to the suspension of standing orders, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: The suspension of standing orders is going to have to become a necessary part of almost everything that we do if Mr Corbell, on behalf of the government, is going to continue not to provide leave for simple matters like this.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.08): The government will not support leave because we do not know what it is that Mr Hanson wants to talk about. We do not know what he is going to say. He is asking the Assembly to give him unlimited time to speak about some undefined matter. We do not know what it is about.

The normal courtesy would be for Mr Hanson to come to the government ahead of seeking leave and say, "Just to let you know, I am going to seek leave to raise a


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