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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 26 October 2010) . . Page.. 5023 ..


MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, there is no point of order. I think Ms Le Couteur may have sailed close to the wind, but I certainly did not hear that intent in her question. I do remind members of the standing order that—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members. I do remind members of the practices of the house with regard to commentary on the judiciary.

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Could I ask whether or not the question from Ms Le Couteur was actually asking for an opinion from the Acting Chief Minister, because that is out of order too.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, it might be helpful if you could repeat your question. Stop the clocks, thank you.

MS LE COUTEUR: Certainly, Mr Speaker. What I said was: minister, what guarantees can the government give that in the event of breaches of OH&S legislation in the ACT all prosecutions of breaches will take place promptly, competently and impartially?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, I do not believe that it was seeking an expression of opinion either. Ms Gallagher, you have the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The government is in furious agreement with the opposition on this matter. We would have complete faith in the DPP and the judiciary to deal with prosecutions impartially and efficiently.

Superannuation—liabilities

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, in the 2010 ACT budget, you estimated that the liabilities of the superannuation provision account would be funded to the extent of 52 per cent of its liabilities as at 30 June 2010. Treasurer, why were the liabilities of the superannuation provision account funded to the extent of only 44 per cent as at 30 June 2010?

MS GALLAGHER: I am just having a look at superannuation in terms of our forecast in the budget.

Mr Smyth: Page 223, budget paper 3.

MS GALLAGHER: I have got it on page 215, Mr Smyth. Maybe we mentioned it twice. I will take some further advice on this; I am not sure where the figure that you have got is funded to—48 per cent, did you say, or 44?

Mr Smyth: I can read you the quote. It says that the Treasury will therefore have an unfunded liability position of $1.9 billion, or an estimated funded percentage of 52 per cent, at the commencement of the year.


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