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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 August 2010) . . Page.. 3882 ..


Department of Treasury—government briefs

MR SPEAKER: Questions without notice, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Treasurer and Deputy Chief Minister. Treasurer, have you or any delegate of yours instructed the Department of Treasury to produce new-minister briefs? If so, when did that request take place and have the briefs been received by your office? If not, are you aware of any official answering to you being asked to prepare new-minister briefs?

MS GALLAGHER: Someone is trying to get rid of me or I am trying to get rid of myself, am I, now? The answer is no.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you. Minister, are you aware of any other departments that have been asked to prepare new-minister briefs?

MS GALLAGHER: I am not, but I cannot answer for every department. I am not aware of any department’s actions.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, has any staff member in any of your departments been asked to prepare an incoming minister’s or a new minister’s brief at any time this year?

MS GALLAGHER: So I am trying to get rid of myself from every portfolio now? The answer is no.

Tidbinbilla nature reserve—tourism

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and concerns tourism at Tidbinbilla nature reserve. Minister, on their website, Conservation Volunteers Australia are offering overnight tours to Tidbinbilla nature reserve, which include room accommodation in Nil Desperandum homestead. Minister, can you advise why Conservation Volunteers Australia have advertised homestead accommodation at Nil Desperandum, given that last year’s community reference group, of which Conservation Volunteers Australia are a member, on the new management plan for Tidbinbilla expressed wide disapproval of the use of Nil Desperandum for overnight accommodation?

MR STANHOPE: I do not think I can answer the specific questions asked but—

Mr Coe: It’s a witch-hunt. They are in the conservation, not the preservation faction, I think.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, you are now warned for repeated intervention.


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