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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1648..


Water Resources Act—Water Resources Environmental Flow Guidelines 2013—Disallowable Instrument DI2013-44 (LR, 18 April 2013).

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

Revised explanatory statement

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013—Revised explanatory statement.

Government—openness and accountability

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Doszpot): Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Berry, Dr Bourke, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mr Gentleman, Mr Hanson, Mrs Jones, Ms Porter, Mr Seselja, Mr Smyth and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Seselja be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of open and accountable government.

MR SESELJA (Brindabella) (3.51): I am pleased to be speaking on this very important issue today, the issue of open and accountable government—

Mr Barr: It could be your last MPI ever, couldn't it?

MR SESELJA: which Andrew Barr is apparently so interested in. I barely got a word out before he was interjecting.

Members interjecting—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Members, let us listen to Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: If I were the Chief Minister, I would probably spend the next two minutes of my speech talking about the interjection, but I will not. I will move on.

Ms Gallagher: Open and accountable equals them!

MR SESELJA: I will not let it distract me, will I, Katy? Never be distracted; that is my advice. It is about open and accountable government, Mr Assistant Speaker.

Ms Gallagher: Is that parting advice?


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