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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1319..


Multicultural affairs—Fringe Festival

MS BURCH: Yesterday, there was a question from Mr Doszpot around the program as part of the grant process. I table the following paper:

Fringe 2014—Detailed program.

Housing—stock management

MR RATTENBURY: Earlier today in question time I was asked about the cost of the condition audit of public housing in the ACT. I can inform the Assembly that under the previous total facilities management contract, the condition audits had a reimbursable cost of $150 per property, but the negotiation of the current contract in 2012-13 saw a change that provided for the condition audits to be included in the base-level management fee as part of the contractor's preparation of the annual planned maintenance program. This has resulted in a saving of approximately $600,000 per annum.

Privilege

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Before we go any further, I would like to make a statement. On 7 May 2014, Mr Coe gave written notice of a possible breach of privilege concerning a statement made by Mr Corbell in the Assembly that day. Mr Coe has asserted that a person has disclosed to Mr Corbell proceedings of a private meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services. I present, for members' information, a copy of the following paper:

Alleged breach of privilege—Letter from Mr Coe to the Speaker, dated 7 May 2014

Under provisions of standing order 276, I must determine as soon as practicable whether or not the matter merits precedence over other business. If, in my opinion, the matter does merit precedence, I must inform the Assembly of the decision, and the member who raised the matter may move a motion without notice and forthwith to refer the matter to a select committee appointed by the Assembly for that purpose. If, in my opinion, the matter does not merit precedence, I must inform the member in writing, and may also inform the Assembly of that decision. I am not required to judge whether or not there has been a breach of privilege or a contempt of the Assembly. I can only judge whether the matter merits precedence.

In 2008, the Assembly adopted standing order 242, which sets out a procedure to be followed in respect of committees affected by any unauthorised disclosure of proceedings. In accordance with that standing order, I will write to the chair of the committee in order to ascertain from that committee whether the alleged unauthorised disclosure had a tendency substantially to interfere with the work of that committee or actually cause substantial interference, and for that committee to report to the Assembly by Tuesday next week on the matter.

When the committee has reported to the Assembly, I will further consider the matter in accordance with the standing orders to determine whether the matter merits


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