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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1068..


Canberra. Clearly this will improve access for community members to official polling places and will give more community members the opportunity to cast their vote for the candidates who wish to represent them. I commend to the Assembly the proposed changes in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Amendment Bill 2014.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.09 to 2.30 pm.

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development

Motion of no confidence

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (2.30): Madam Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion, that has been circulated in my name, that this Assembly expresses its want of confidence in Simon Corbell, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, for misleading the Assembly.

Mr Corbell: There is no motion circulated, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: It is being photocopied at this stage and being circulated. Is leave granted? Leave is granted. Mr Hanson, would you like to move your motion.

MR HANSON: I move:

That this Assembly expresses its want of confidence in Simon Corbell, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, for misleading the Assembly.

This morning, during the debate regarding the Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services inquiry into the project facilitation bill, the minister, Simon Corbell, misled this Assembly in an attempt to cover up the fact that he had access to, had a copy of, had reviewed or had been briefed in detail on confidential committee minutes that he should not have had access to, that are privileged, that are confidential.

The very serious issue of how he actually had access to that committee information will be the subject of further investigation by the opposition, further action, and we will be instigating action under standing order 276 with regard to that matter, which is a very serious matter. But the issue at hand is that this minister misled the Assembly and, based on precedent, based on the ministerial code of conduct, based on the members code of conduct, this Assembly must now take the only option available to it, the appropriate course of action, and express its loss of confidence in the minister.


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