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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1181..


MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson! You have asked your question.

MS GALLAGHER: In relation to the matter examined by the Assembly yesterday, I gave a full answer, and I stand by that answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, did you hear anyone, prior to yesterday's debate about the planning committee's report, say that opposition members supported individual clauses of the committee report?

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, given that this line of questioning would appear to be continuing from the opposition, I would seek your guidance as to whether or not the Chief Minister can be asked a question about matters that relate to discussions in the party rooms of either the Labor Party or, for that matter, the other party.

MADAM SPEAKER: The question that Mr Coe asks, if I am right, said: did you hear anyone, prior to the debate, say a particular thing. It was not about the party room.

Mr Corbell: It is alluding to party room discussions.

MADAM SPEAKER: No, it is not. There was a question about what happened in the caucus. This is a different line of questioning. I will allow the question. Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: As I said yesterday, the caucus has discussed ways to deal with the procedural dysfunction of committees. I provided a full account of this to the Assembly yesterday and I have nothing further to expand on it.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, what was your basis for telling the Assembly yesterday how Minister Corbell found out about the opposition members voting in the committee meeting?

MS GALLAGHER: What was the basis for it? There was a motion of no confidence before the Assembly, and I provided an account explaining the situation as it was. That was the basis of the comments I made. There was a no confidence motion in this place.

Roads—Majura Parkway

MR COE: My question is to the Treasurer. Yesterday, we asked questions about the problems becoming apparent with the Majura Parkway project. In response, you read a press release from the contractors stating that the project is, and I quote, "on track". This morning work on the project stopped, with reports that heavy earthmoving machinery has been removed from the site to the depot. Treasurer, in light of the continuing turmoil at the site, we ask again: what steps have you taken to protect the ACT from a cost blowout of tens of millions of dollars on the project?


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