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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 5 Hansard (5 May) . .

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MR HANSON: What are you feeling so precious about? What are you feeling so precious about?

MADAM SPEAKER: Remember that you are on a warning, Mr Barr.

MR HANSON: What are we so tetchy about over there? What is it that you are trying to hide? I wonder. I am sorry that I had to bring this on, Madam Speaker. But during question time Mr Wall asked a question without notice regarding the former Brumbies site, about the discussions around the waiver of the LVC, the lease variation charge. He asked for all the documents regarding the lease variation charge waiver to the Brumbies to be tabled. Mr Barr was a little sneaky, I think, in his answer. He said, "I will table the waiver." I want to make it very clear that the waiver is simply one of the documents.

What we need to see I think, given the stench around this issue, are all of the documents that relate to that particular decision—in the lead up to the decision and post the decision—if there are any documents: the email correspondence that might relate to it, the record of any meetings, any other correspondence; so all documents. That is what Mr Wall asked for. If the minister is happy to provide those, this will be the shortest debate on a motion in history because the answer will be just, "Yes." If Mr Barr was being sneaky, then we will see; let the battle ensue.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (3.30): I have no problems at all, in fact, with supporting the motion. My answer in question time was not the way the Leader of the Opposition characterised it. What has just transpired is amateur hour, Madam Speaker. We have rushed, handwritten motions with acronyms. You cannot read them. Most people would not be able to read it—

Mr Coe: You are the king of shonky deals, Andrew.

Mr Corbell: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: You are right. Mr Coe, would you withdraw, please?

Mr Coe: I withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MR BARR: I know the Leader of the Opposition is somewhat excitable, particularly when he has got an audience to perform to. But in this instance in relation to standing order 213 the Assembly can indeed order documents to be tabled. There is a process under which that order is then assessed. There is a 14-day period. I will take that 14-day period, seek advice in relation to the nature of the documents and their ability to be released. I imagine that most of them will be able to be released, but those that may relate to cabinet deliberations and may have cabinet-in-confidence requirements or commercial-in-confidence requirements obviously would be the subject potentially of seeking privilege, as I would be entitled to do under standing order 213A.


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