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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 69..


MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (3.16): The Greens will agree with this motion from Mrs Dunne. I do take Ms Burch's point about the Christmas break, but I do also agree with Mrs Dunne that the standing order is clear about what is required with the questions. This is something that has happened on a number of occasions. I think that by agreeing with this, Mrs Dunne is simply noting that we have not received an adequate explanation. It is a proper response to this in this instance. I hope that it will have an impact on questions coming through in a more timely way.

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (3.17): In relation to this particular matter, I have just checked, and I can assure the chamber that the question was indeed signed off by the minister. It was a multifaceted question. It was as a result of annual report questions put on notice. It was a complicated exercise, as was the case with quite a number of them. Those ministers who have received the quantity of questions on notice from the annual reports hearings would know that they come in multi facets, multi parts, and quite often quite a number of them are around the same subject.

The motion essentially says, "Why didn't you do it?"The response, Mr Speaker, was, "I have just done it."That is the reason. So the part of the standing order that requires an explanation as to why it has not been received has been satisfied. The connotation in this motion from Mrs Dunne is that it has not been satisfied. It actually has, in reality, been satisfied by the advice that that thing has been signed off and has been sent.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Papers

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

Standing order 191—Amendments to—

Electricity Feed-In (Large-Scale Renewable Energy Generation) Bill 2011, dated 12 December 2011.

Planning and Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 (No 2), dated 9 December 2011.

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

No 5/2011—2010-11 Financial Audits, dated 21 December 2011.

No 6/2011—Management of Food Safety in the Australian Capital Territory, dated 21 December 2011.

Ms Gallagher presented the following paper:

Administrative arrangements—Administrative Arrangements Amendment 2012 (No 1)—Notifiable Instrument NI2012-53 (Special Gazette No S2, Thursday 9 February, 2012).


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