Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 1 June 1995) . . Page.. 716 ..
I ask for leave to move a motion regarding the printing and circulation of reports on three inquiries currently being undertaken by the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment.
MR MOORE: Thank you, Mr Speaker and members. I move:
(1) if the Assembly is not sitting when the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment has completed its inquiries into:
(i) the former drive-in site, Watson;
(ii) contaminated sites; and
(iii) the Government's Draft Capital Works Program;
the Committee may send its report to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker, who is authorised to give directions for its printing and circulation; and
(2) the foregoing provisions of this resolution have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Sitting suspended from 12.30 to 2.30 pm
QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
Cabinet Documents - Confidentiality
MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I address a question to Mr Humphries as the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning. Mr Humphries, yesterday in the house you tabled advice from the Department of the Environment, Land and Planning to the previous Government. The Cabinet Handbook states:
Cabinet documents (like other Ministerial deliberative documents) are confidential to the Government which created them and access by succeeding Governments is not granted except with the approval of the Leader of the Opposition, or the current leader of the appropriate political party, as the case may be.
Mr Humphries, noting that I had not approved the release of those documents, I ask you: Why did you knowingly, or perhaps recklessly, breach the Cabinet Handbook by accepting and publicising that document?