Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 201..
On Mr Smyth's question, it is the practice of the Assembly that if somebody goes to the Clerk's Office and asks for copies of the questions they will be given them.
Mrs Dunne: Just to seek clarification, the questions that are drawn out or all the questions, Mr Speaker?
MR SPEAKER: I do not know. One moment.
Mrs Dunne: Thank you. If you could get back to the Assembly with that?
MR SPEAKER: Just the drawn-out ones.
Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, on that chain of thought and therefore on the point of order, I would like your advice too. Can members actually satisfy themselves that an examination to rule questions in order or out of order has actually occurred before they are put onto the roster? Is that the go?
MR SPEAKER: Yes. The practice I have operated is that the Clerk reads the questions each morning before they are drawn. I do not personally examine them. I think it is more appropriate that I do not. Some of them are not drawn. The Clerk checks them to be in order and then any question that would be found out of order would be withdrawn before the draw takes place. That is the procedure I have operated. If members have a concern with that, I would be happy to receive feedback perhaps.
Mrs Dunne: Could I ask you, Mr Speaker, probably not now, to come back to the Assembly because this practice of getting access to questions is new to me. Seeing I was on admin and procedures at the time, I would like some clarification about the practice, how it came about, what was the impetus for it and how many times it has been used.
MR SPEAKER: Yes, I will give you a fuller answer on that and come back to you sometime in the chamber.
Mrs Dunne: Thank you, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, you might proceed with your question.
MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Gaming and Racing. Minister, the club industry has raised concerns about how the proposals for reforms to gaming machine policy will affect the establishment of new clubs in the ACT. Minister, how would a club, which does not currently have a presence in the ACT, establish itself in a new area such as Molonglo?
MS BURCH: I will just answer as the Minister for Gaming and Racing and not the Minister for Industrial Relations, which is an interesting take on the responsibilities of my colleague Dr Bourke. The Gaming Machine Amendment Bill, for the purpose of the shadow minister perhaps for gaming and racing, but perhaps not, includes a