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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order.

Mr Hanson: In answering the question, Mr Barr started talking about factional relationships within the Liberal Party. He has in his answer talked about party political factions. Therefore it becomes directly relevant to talk about factions within the Labor Party.

MADAM SPEAKER: Going back to Mr Corbell's point of order, which is a separate one from Mr Hanson's, the fact that we are into the third question in a series of four questions: if you had chosen to raise that matter at the outset, I might have considered it, but we are now three questions into a four-part question on the subject. The question was relating to the Chief Minister's responsibilities in relation to appointing a deputy and was about arrangements within his party, which is probably a bit marginal at this stage. I would ask him, in accordance with the standing orders, on Mr Hanson's point of order, to be directly relevant to the question. Mr Barr.

MR BARR: On the topic of factions, which was—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR BARR: Which was part of the question—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR BARR: from those opposite: I can state categorically that the Deputy Chief Minister will not be Mr Coe.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, what influence will powerbrokers of both the union movement and the Labor Party, such as Dean Hall, have in determining who Labor's next deputy will be?

MR BARR: As I indicated in my answers to the previous questions, following the election the Labor caucus will meet and elect people to various positions, including that of the deputy leadership of the party.

Bushfires—warnings

MR JEFFERY: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. In January 2003 I saw that the bushfires were a serious threat to the people of Tharwa and district and I warned them. The cabinet was twice warned of the threat from the bushfires, once on 13 January 2003 and again on 16 January 2003. Yet the government failed to warn the people of suburban Canberra. Why did the government fail to warn the people of the imminent threat of bushfires in 2003 and why should the people of Canberra have any confidence that the government would do a better job in similar circumstances?


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