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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 4486..


Alleged breach of privilege—Copies of letters from the—

Chief Minister to the Speaker, dated 20 September 2011.

Speaker to Mr Corbell, Member of the Select Committee on Privileges, undated.

Speaker to the Chief Minister, dated 21 September 2011.

Chief Minister to the Speaker, dated 21 September 2011.

Speaker to the Chief Minister, dated 21 September 2011.

Mr Seselja, Member of the Select Committee on Privileges, dated 26 September 2011.

Chair, Select Committee on Privileges, to the Speaker, dated 11 October 2011.

Speaker to the Chief Minister, dated 17 October 2011.

Under the provisions of standing order 276 I must determine, as soon as practicable, whether or not the matter merits precedence over other business. If, in my opinion, the matter does merit precedence, I must inform the Assembly of the decision, and the member who raised the matter may move a motion, without notice and forthwith, to refer the matter to a select committee appointed by the Assembly for that purpose. If, in my opinion, the matter does not merit precedence, I must inform the member in writing and may also inform the Assembly of the decision.

I am not required to judge whether there has been a breach of privilege or a contempt of the Assembly. I can only judge whether the matter merits precedence.

Having considered the matter and also the views of the Select Committee on Privileges, I have concluded that the matter does not merit precedence over other business.

Minister for Community Services

Motion of censure

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.44), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the interim report of the ACT Public Advocate of her review of the emergency response strategy for children in crisis in the ACT;

(b) the report's finding about "managerial deficiencies, poor communication and inadequate executive briefing that allowed the breaching of legislation and policies and procedures, that have had a serious and detrimental impact on children for whom the Director-General has parental responsibility"; and


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