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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . .

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Mrs Dunne: Is there a correlation?

MR HANSON: As Mrs Dunne interjects, there may be a correlation. Attorney-General, given the public interest in and debate on this topic, why wasn't this report made public when the laws were being debated last year?

MR RAMSAY: I thank the shadow attorney-general for his comment; also for welcoming me back almost to Groundhog Day. It demonstrates again that the Canberra Liberals are stuck in the one space over and over again.

Mrs Jones: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, please resume your seat. Mrs Jones.

Mrs Jones: I do not recall there being any questions about Groundhog Day.

MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

MR RAMSAY: Canberra does indeed remain a safe place to live, and we are very happy to continue to provide the materials available—

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, the minister is answering your question.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please.

Mrs Dunne: The standing orders require that the minister be directly relevant, and the specific question was: why was this information not made public last year? It is a very simple question. It is not about the general state of affairs in relation to community safety; it is about this publication.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, and I am also aware of the standing orders. The precedent here is that we will not direct the minister other than to be concise and relevant. The minister has in excess of a minute to go. While we are stopping the proceedings, I refer to Ms Fitzharris's comment, and refer people to 117, which says,

The following general rules shall apply to questions:

(a) questions shall be brief and relate to a single issue ...

Whilst we all recognise a preamble, again, I encourage people to consider the review of standing orders as it comes about. There is no point of order. Attorney, you have the floor to continue, if you wish.


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