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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (29 June) . . Page.. 2837..

Tuesday, 29 June 2004

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Stanhope ) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 29 June to 22 August 2004 be given to Mr Corbell (Minister for Health and Planning).

Ministerial arrangements

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): Mr Speaker, during the period of Mr Corbell's absence, Mr Quinlan will act as Minister for Planning and Mr Wood will act as Minister for Health.

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a short statement concerning Mr Corbell's absence.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, on behalf of the opposition, I offer Mr Corbell our best wishes in regard to his personal dilemmas at this stage. We hope that he will have a speedy recovery. I do not think people outside the members of this place understand how, if you are ill, it is often impossible to get better, given the pressures of office. I want to say that he is in our thoughts and our prayers and we wish him a speedy recovery.

I say to the acting planning minister and the acting health minister that that does not mean that we will be neglecting our duties to keep them under scrutiny and we will certainly be asking the questions that need to be asked about the government's performance in those areas.


Ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Corbell, Minister for Planning, in response to a petition lodged by Mrs Cross requesting that the Assembly call on the Minister for Planning to conduct an inquiry into a circumstance in which the ACT Planning and Land Authority misled prospective buyers at a public land auction in Belconnen, or that the Assembly refer the matter to a committee for inquiry.

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