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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 10 Hansard (13 September) . .

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Assembly met at 10 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Answers to questions on notice

Questions 368 and 371

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.03): I seek leave to make a brief statement in relation to standing order 118A as it was discussed in the chamber yesterday.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, members, for leave. Yesterday, after question time, under standing order 118A I asked Mr Gentleman for an explanation of the lateness of questions on notice 368, in relation to the development in Kinleyside Crescent, and 371 in relation to the development of Smith Street, both in Weetangera. In response, Mr Gentleman gave an excuse and informed the Assembly as follows. I quote from the proof Hansard:

I understand my office has been in touch with Mrs Dunne and advised that we are preparing it—

that is, an answer to the question—

so I am quite surprised that she has come in today with this motion.

According to the proof Hansard, Madam Speaker, Mr Gentleman said this at 3.48 pm yesterday afternoon. A member of Mr Gentleman's staff rang my senior adviser at 4.34 pm yesterday, almost an hour after Mr Gentleman's comments in the chamber, and this, according to our records in my office, is the first contact that Mr Gentleman's office has made with my office about the question on notice. So I invite Mr Gentleman to correct the record at the earliest possible opportunity or to explain to me how our records could be wrong.

Economy—AAA credit rating

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee) (10.04): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes, after reviewing the 2017 ACT Budget, international ratings agency Standard & Poor's has reaffirmed the Territory's AAA credit rating, based on:


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