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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 2099..


MR DE DOMENICO: Once again, I think Ms Follett ought to know that, whilst the Department of Urban Services is responsible for the policy guidelines in terms of disposal of property, it is the relevant department that is responsible for disposing of that property.

MS FOLLETT: I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Can I take it that Mr De Domenico has undertaken to ask the Chief Minister to table those documents?

MR DE DOMENICO: In response to the supplementary question, I suggest that either Ms Follett or somebody else should ask the Chief Minister and Health Minister whether she is prepared to table those documents.

Mr Berry: What does the Chief Minister say? Will she?

MR DE DOMENICO: Ask her a question and you might get an answer.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, do you want to answer that?

MRS CARNELL: I think it is probably an appropriate time to answer a question from Mr Whitecross from yesterday. I am sure the Assembly would - - -

Mr Berry: You have not been asked by Mr Whitecross.

MRS CARNELL: Mr De Domenico took a question on notice yesterday from Mr Whitecross with regard to - - -

Mr Berry: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: It is highly irregular for Mrs Carnell to rise to answer a question from Mr Whitecross when question time, which is set down in the standing orders as the time when each member has the right to ask a question, has not yet expired.

Ms Follett: Do it at the end.

MRS CARNELL: I am happy to do it at the end, if you would like that.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: It is also highly irregular for the Leader of the Opposition to answer questions in the course of question time, and we did that as well only a few weeks ago. This relates to a matter now before the house and the present question and should be able to be tabled.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry, first of all, nobody is going to be denied the opportunity to ask a question.

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am very happy to answer it at the end of question time, if that is what we prefer.

MR SPEAKER: That is the alternative.


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