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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 1872..


Mr Moore: You told us that yesterday.

MR DE DOMENICO: I said that yesterday. Hold on, Mr Moore; no worries. It is as transparent as this little folder in front of me, which is crystal clear. I was advised on 17 October, in a brief, that it was a charity called Fabric - Family Based Respite Care Inc. - a Belconnen-based charity.

Ms McRae: Mr Speaker, there was a second part to my question.

MR SPEAKER: Is this a supplementary question?

Ms McRae: No, no; just to remind him of the first question.

Mrs Carnell: Is it a supplementary?

Ms McRae: On a point of order: I am reminding the Minister of the second part of my first question, which was, "Who advised you of that decision, and when did that person do so?".

MR SPEAKER: He just told you.

MR DE DOMENICO: The advice came from - - -

Mr Humphries: The Department of Urban Services on - - -

Ms McRae: No, no; I am sorry. That was the wrong part. My mistake. Was the information part of the tender? It is my mistake, Mr Speaker. The bit that I wanted to remind the Minister of was this: Was that information part of the tender document or not?

Mr Humphries: I rise on a point of order, Mr Speaker. There seems to have been a practice developed in the last few days of members asking second questions prior to their supplementary questions.

MR SPEAKER: Attempting to. Indeed, Mr Humphries.

Mr Humphries: I think, Mr Speaker, that that is an unfortunate practice. If we want to have members asking three questions we should allow that in the standing orders, not by virtue of some change in practice.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Humphries, I will allow this because part of the original question was whether it was part of the tender. I recall Ms McRae raising that point and I think it is part of the original question.

MR DE DOMENICO: Can I answer the question in this way? I tabled the tender document.

Ms McRae: Yes, but I do not have that. I asked you the question.


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