Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2010) . . Page.. 84 ..
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 3—Inquiry into the delay in the commencement of operations at the Alexander Maconochie Centre—
Government response, dated February 2010.
I seek leave to move a motion authorising publication of the government response and the tabling statement.
MR CORBELL: I move:
That the papers be authorised for publication.
Mrs Dunne: I raise a point of order, Mr Assistant Speaker. I seek your guidance. The tabling statement has not been made available to the opposition and we are not entirely sure that the contents should be published at this stage.
MR CORBELL: It has been circulated along with the response.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Mrs Dunne, there is a motion before the chamber.
Mrs Dunne: What I am seeking your guidance on, Mr Assistant Speaker, is this: can we divide that so that we can vote on whether the government response be published and then on the tabling statement, perhaps after the minister has made his tabling statement, because at this stage we do not know the contents, although I have been apprised of what the contents may be, and it may be inappropriate for them—
MR CORBELL: Mrs Dunne does not know what the response says either, so her position is quite illogical.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, I think we need to proceed with the motion before the chamber at the moment and then—
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.55): I move:
That the question be divided.
I propose that the matter be divided because there are two separate matters here. It has come to the attention of the opposition that Mr Corbell has lined up the media because he proposes to make statements in his tabling statement that he is not prepared to make outside the chamber and I am not sure that it is appropriate for the Assembly, sight unseen, on the basis of that information that has come to the attention of the opposition, that we authorise for publication the minister’s statement, which, on the basis of the information provided, will include defamatory material. That is why I think that the question should be divided and that we vote separately on the publication of both the report and the tabling statement.