Page 752 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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Mr Hanson: You just sat me down because I am not allowed to debate this issue and you have allowed the minister to stand up and debate.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, please resume your seats. If you have a reference—I think it is standing order 47 or 48—on a personal reflection, you can choose that.
If not, we will just stick to answering questions and providing information that comes from question time. Do you have further—

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Madam Speaker, may I respond to a personal reflection under the standing order you just mentioned?

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Stephen-Smith.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I do believe that Mr Hanson is misrepresenting the answer that I gave in this place last week. The conversation last week was specifically about an incident where a small number of staff had been identified as providing information to an industrial partner which was deliberate and sustained over a number of years. It may be that I misinterpreted the question I was asked. I understood that it related to that specific type of incident, and there is no evidence, and there remains no evidence, that this type of activity has been occurring elsewhere. That is what I was referring to. I stand by that. If Mr Hanson has any evidence that the Hansard shows that I said something different, he can bring it to this place.

MADAM SPEAKER: We will continue with matters arising from question time.

Mr Hanson: So I just have to cop it, have I—

MADAM SPEAKER: No, Mr Hanson. Mr Hanson, if you have a concern about answers that were raised here, then there is an opportunity for you to bring it, but you bring it in a motion. Matters arising from question time usually refer to questions taken on notice or additional information provided. You did enter into a debate.
The minister also started to enter into a debate. I did provide guidance. It is actually under standing order 46. We will leave the matter there unless you choose to do otherwise, Mr Hanson, but with that we will move on, I believe.

Papers

Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Act, pursuant to section 20—Independent Reviewer—Report for the period 1 July to 31 December 2022, dated 22 March 2023, prepared by Bill Campbell AO KC.

Standing order 191—Amendments—Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment Bill 2022, dated 23 March 2023.

Mr Gentleman presented the following papers:

Court Procedures Act—Court Procedures Amendment Rules 2022 (No 3)—Subordinate Law SL2022-19 (LR, 19 December 2022)—Revised Explanatory Statement.


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