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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1180..


Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.27 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development—motion of no confidence

MR HANSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. In yesterday's debate about the distribution and knowledge of committee information, Mr Rattenbury said:

There is some—I am searching for the right word—murkiness about the rest of it. I think probably the Chief Minister has given the truest account of what actually happened in the situation here.

Your account in the debate included:

... but this is what happened this morning. It is not as exciting as you would have it believed, but it is what happened. We had a discussion about how the committees are working, or not working. We wanted to get a copy of the report, so we resolved to move a motion.

That was a discussion about what happened in your party room or caucus. However, in answer to a question, Mr Gentleman said:

The caucus discusses many items of the planning and environment committee work—but no detailed items about this particular inquiry.

Chief Minister, do you stand by your account of how Mr Corbell found out about detailed, confidential information about the opposition's voting patterns in the committee or is Mr Gentleman's account correct?

MS GALLAGHER: There is no inconsistency in the answer that I gave or the one that Mr Gentleman gave.

MR COE: Supplementary, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: It is a supplementary question for Mr Hanson, I think.

MR HANSON: He is very eager. It is an important issue; we can all agree on that. Chief Minister, did you hear in your caucus anyone say that opposition members supported individual clauses of the committee report?

MS GALLAGHER: I provided a thorough explanation yesterday in my answer to the motion, and I think I have covered off all of the issues. In relation to what goes on in our party room, that is a matter for the party room; it is confidential, just as matters in your party room are confidential. In relation to the matter—

Mr Hanson interjecting—


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