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Tuesday, 27 November 1990


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.


Private Members' Bills

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, my question is to you. Have you received the legal advice on the operation of section 65 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act which the Administration and Procedures Committee requested last Tuesday?

MR SPEAKER: I can answer the question, Ms Follett. The answer is that the papers have been presented with a letter for onforwarding to the Minister for Territories. That letter has gone to the Chief Minister and I am not aware of just where it has gone from there, but it certainly has gone from me for onforwarding.

MS FOLLETT: I ask you a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. What further action will you take to ensure that the matter is dealt with urgently so that private members' business can proceed?

MR SPEAKER: I will certainly be requesting an update on the actions taken from the Chief Minister's Department through the Chief Minister, and I can assure members that I will keep a close watch on the proceedings.

Alliance Government

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the Chief Minister. Is there any truth in the allegation made by the Leader of the Opposition in this morning's newspaper that the bureaucracy is driving the Alliance Government's political agenda?

MR KAINE: I am pleased to get that question. I must say that I found the comments of the Leader of the Opposition on this matter rather fascinating, indeed curious, because, if ever she could be guaranteed of shooting herself in the foot in terms of getting votes from the vast majority of people in the ACT who happen to be public servants, then she did it with that statement. I cannot imagine why any person who was switched on to the politics of Canberra would even suggest that the public servants are less than professional in the way they do their work. Of course, to suggest that they are in fact driving this Government's

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