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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 3979..


Mr Corbell: I seek your indulgence on that, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I am prepared to listen.

Mr Corbell: Dr Foskey's question relates specifically to certain costs associated with implementation. Minister Gallagher was asked in the primary question about infrastructure investment in ACT Health. Obviously, car parking infrastructure is part of that in terms of managing parking demand at the hospital, and Mr Gentleman, quite rightly, followed up with a supplementary question asking for more information about the implementation of pay parking. He did not, however, ask for the detailed budget items that are outlined in Dr Foskey's question. I think that it would be unreasonable to rule the question out of order, given that this is a broad subject and Mr Gentleman has asked a broad question, not the very specific, detailed budgeting question asked by Dr Foskey.

MR SPEAKER: The issue that arises when questions without notice anticipate questions on notice is that they can be a way for a member to gazump another member's question. The chair has always been cautious about these issues to avoid that happening, because legitimate questions placed on notice ought to be answered without interference. The question put by Mr Gentleman was quite general and would have encouraged the minister to canvass all the issues in the question on notice. That is why I am inclined towards upholding the point of order which Mr Smyth raised. I rule in favour of Mr Smyth because I think the supplementary question would encourage the minister to answer a question which, essentially, is on notice.

Mr Smyth: And now overdue for an answer as well.

MR SPEAKER: That is another matter.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Auditor-General's report No 9 of 2006

Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General's report No 9/2006—sale of block 8, section 48, Fyshwick, dated 11 December 2006.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Planning): I ask for leave to move a motion to authorise publication of the report.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I move:

That the Assembly authorises the publication of the Auditor-General's report No 9/2006.


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