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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 June 1995) . . Page.. 1010 ..


MR CONNOLLY: By way of a supplementary question, I ask: Given that the entire structure of that department has changed, I presume that you are not taking the opportunity to reconsider your decision to abandon a major ACT Government presence in Gungahlin.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, the people who were going to be put into that building when they were called something else still exist. We have to put them somewhere. We will put them in Dickson.

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I have a question under standing order 118A. My question is to Mrs Carnell. I refer her to my question on Notice No. 32. I ask Mrs Carnell: What is her explanation for failing to answer that question within the mandatory 30 days? In fact, we are some 11 days over that time. When may I expect an answer?

MRS CARNELL: That particular question was with regard to all groups, both government and non-government, currently located on Acton Peninsula. If the previous Chief Minister had asked about just government groups, that would have been a lot easier; but the question is one that has required substantial detail. I am advised that a response to the question is currently in the process of being finalised. I am sure that it will be forwarded to Ms Follett as soon as possible.

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I did ask when I could expect it, given that we have a standing order that requires that questions be answered within 30 days. I would make the point that at no stage has Mrs Carnell contacted me and said that the question was difficult to answer or would be delayed.

MR SPEAKER: I do not know that that is the normal process, by the way.

MS FOLLETT: Yes, it is.

MRS CARNELL: Again, I say that, as soon as possible, we will make that information available to Ms Follett. I am sure that she wants a full answer to this question. It is a difficult answer; it does require a lot of detail; and we will do our absolute best to get it to her as soon as possible.


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