Page 4161 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 23 October 1991

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MR CONNOLLY: I am answering the question. If the member would like to give me in writing the answer that he wants, I will give it. He was obsessive that I should not be here today.

Mr Jensen: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. I think the relevant standing order is 118(b). I believe that the Minister is seeking to debate the question. I think he should get on with an answer.

MR SPEAKER: I would direct your attention to the question, Mr Connolly.

MR CONNOLLY: I find it impossible to give an answer when I am interjected on within about five seconds of getting into the answer.

MR SPEAKER: If you address the question you will not be interjected on, Mr Connolly.

MR CONNOLLY: I find that hard to accept. I was trying to give an answer. I will try to give a straightforward answer. Yes, I did say what I was alleged to have said. Yes, debate on that Bill was adjourned last night. There are a number of important reasons why I should be here today, not travelling as Mr Collaery apparently wanted me to be. The party that was kicking up a stink yesterday about my not travelling pulls on an MPI against me today. So, there is a certain inconsistency. That is probably why they wanted me out of town.

Mr Collaery: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I asked whether he said that the National Crime Authority legislation may come up for debate this afternoon. He is the responsible Minister.

MR SPEAKER: Order! This is a personal explanation; it is not a point of order.

Mr Collaery: No, the question, Mr Speaker - he is not answering it - is: Did he instruct any officials, anyone, to put it on the agenda? It is a simple question.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Connolly, do you wish to take that further?

MR CONNOLLY: The Bill is on the notice paper.

Corporal Punishment - Non-Government Schools

MR MOORE: My question is directed to Ms Follett as Chief Minister. I refer to page 12, re recommendation 33, of the ACT Government's response to the report of the National Committee on Violence which you tabled yesterday. That recommendation states:

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