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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 4669..


Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. Stop the clock, thank you.

Mrs Dunne: The slur from the Chief Minister that the ministerial code of conduct requires people not to mislead and to tell the truth in the Assembly, which is not something we see all the time, is a slur against other members of the Assembly and it should be withdrawn.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker.

Mrs Dunne: Including Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: There have been these points of order raised in the past in my time here and the ruling has been that where there is an imputation on an individual member the member making that imputation has been asked to withdraw, and where it has been a global one addressed to a party or a grouping within the Assembly the point of order has been ruled out.

MR SPEAKER: My advice is that Mr Hargreaves is correct in that the collective reference has a history of not being picked up, but I must express my discomfort at it, Chief Minister, and I think that you should be specific if you are going to make those sorts of comments or not make them.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you. Just with the nine seconds left to me, I was merely saying that the not misleading part or telling the truth part of the ministerial code of conduct is not contained in the members' code of conduct.

MR SESELJA: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Chief Minister, when will you step in on this issue and show leadership to protect vulnerable children rather than simply protecting your ministerial colleague Ms Burch?

MS GALLAGHER: I reject the question outright. I work collegiately with all my ministers across all of their portfolios to ensure that we provide the best service that we can to the people of the ACT, and I certainly will not be taking lessons on leadership from the Leader of the Opposition.

Housing—nation building stimulus program

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for Community Services on the nation building stimulus program. Minister, with the nation building stimulus program coming to an end, could you outline the main achievements of the program, please?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his continued interest in housing in the ACT. As members will be aware, the commonwealth Labor government has made


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