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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 4 March 2008) . . Page.. 431 ..


Assembly, allocated to non-executive business, and that is the time when these matters should be raised; that is the time when these issues should be addressed. We would welcome a debate on these matters during that time, but we will not grant or support suspension of standing orders to do it today.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.06), in reply: This is a matter of considerable importance and it is about the operation of the executive. The executive members have come in here today and made statements in relation to the Freedom of Information Act, completely unprecedented statements, never made in this Assembly in the 16 or 17-year history of the Freedom of Information Act. For the information of members, I seek leave to table the three documents released by the minister for education that were subject to conclusive certificates.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: I present the following papers:

Freedom of information request—School closures—Copies of:

Email from Wendy Jones, Ministerial and Communication, ACT Department of Education and Training concerning comments due Draft Cabinet Submissions, dated 26 May 2006.

Diary entry.

Page with “Conclusion”.

These documents relate to document 128, which the minister released. It is a copy of an email from one departmental official to another saying, “Chaps, do not forget to get your coordination comments in about two or three cabinet submissions.” There are two other documents that were released by the department following the AAT decision, one of them, which is folio 1471, reads, in handwriting, “Meeting”—

MR SPEAKER: The time for this debate has concluded.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Mr Gentleman

Question so resolved in the negative.


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