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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (3 August) . . Page.. 3331..

Question No 1605

MR SMYTH: I have also got an overdue question, No 1605, concerning energy efficiency evaluation from the planning minister. It was due on 23 July and perhaps Mr Quinlan can explain why it has not been answered.

MR QUINLAN: Well, I will just say ditto to that one.

Question No 1410

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I wonder if you have a facility to ask this. I notice that your question 1410, which expired on 29 April, has also not been answered. The government might explain to you and the Assembly why they do not answer your questions.

MR SPEAKER: I will manage that.

MR SMYTH: It is just, Mr Speaker, that much was made of unity at the weekend at the conference. Perhaps part of the unity is that you are not getting your questions answered.

Delays in answers

MRS DUNNE: I would like to raise again, Mr Speaker, standing order 118A. It says that we may ask for an explanation and it also says that basically the minister responsible should provide an explanation. Saying, "I'll chase it up with my department,"Mr Speaker, is not an explanation. Members standing here in this place asking for an explanation are being fobbed off with "I'll chase it up."I do not think that this is satisfactory.

MR QUINLAN: In response to that, Mr Speaker: may I clarify my explanations by saying it is my true belief that the number of questions asked in this Assembly is at a ridiculously high level. I do not know whether it is some schoolboy plot-

Mrs Dunne: You're out of order. Mr Speaker should be responding to my point of order.

MR QUINLAN: I was just trying to explain. I am trying to explain the workload that departments have. That is an explanation.

MR SPEAKER: The standing order to which you refer provides you with a solution if you are dissatisfied, Mrs Dunne.

Auditor-General's reports Nos 4 and 5 of 2004

Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Auditor-General Act-Auditor-General Reports-

No 4 2004-Data Reliability for Reporting on the ACT "No Waste by 2010"Strategy, dated 2 August 2004.

No 5 2004-Leave Management, dated 2 August 2004.

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