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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 3 Hansard (22 March) . . Page.. 1126..

Questions without notice

ACT election campaign—communications

Mr Seselja: I think we are waiting for an answer from the Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: I think I have answered it.

MR SPEAKER: Members, I believe that where we stopped before Ms Gallagher had three minutes and 12 seconds remaining to answer Mr Smyth's original question. Would you like to take any of that time, Ms Gallagher?

MS GALLAGHER: No, thank you, Mr Speaker. I believe I have answered the question.

Members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: I have. I have answered the question. The concerns that Mr Smyth raised come to nothing. It is in line with the guidance on the caretaker convention; there is nothing inappropriate in someone working for the Chief Minister at the time asking for factual advice from the public service.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, the Labor Party made an announcement the very next day on Indigenous issues. Were these two issues related?

MS GALLAGHER: What issues, Mr Smyth?

Mr Smyth: The fact that they asked for advice the previous day and then that advice was used in a Labor Party announcement the next day.

MS GALLAGHER: It appears to me that they asked for advice on costings, which appears, again, to be in line with the guidance on caretaker conventions.

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: If Mr Seselja needs me to repeat the section that I have just read out from, it says:

... factual material should be provided if requested by a Minister, even if it might be drawn upon for use in speeches or other material for the election campaign. Provided that the material is strictly factual, the use to which it is put is a matter for the Minister.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question.

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