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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 3505..

MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

child protection and did not do anything about it, to table it in the Assembly by close of business today, or by the final sitting today.

I do not want to go into the lunch break, but there were a number of comments made by other speakers. In relation to Ms Tucker, she is the single person in this place outside the government who works constructively with me on child protection. I note her comments about her dissatisfaction with the government's supplementary response and will continue to work with her on those issues to progress her areas of concern. Unlike others who contribute in this place, Ms Tucker has a genuine concern for the rights, interests and wellbeing of children and young people in the ACT.

Mrs Burke: Mr Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order. I wish to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: We will have to deal with this first.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Community Services and Social Equity-Standing Committee

Report 3-supplementary government response

Resumption of debate from 3 August 2004, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed.

MRS BURKE: I want to address a couple of comments Ms Gallagher made. It is interesting to say that I am not working with the government, yet she says that I am sending emails. That is disappointing; that is a misrepresentation. She has also-

MR SPEAKER: Order! This has to be a personal explanation, not a resumption of the debate.

MRS BURKE: I am not resuming the debate; I am giving a personal explanation. Ms Gallagher has accused me of not working with the government, and I am.

MR SPEAKER: I take that as a resumption of the debate.

MRS BURKE: Okay. The one point I want to make where I have been misrepresented-and Ms Gallagher does know that-is that she said I was calling for all workers to be sacked or dismissed. That is simply not the case. I have always consistently said upper to senior management from ministerial level down.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.31 to 2.30 pm.

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