Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 28 October 2010) . . Page.. 5301 ..
the piece of paper which I read from—the document, the paper. I indeed have tabled every word which I have read. There is nothing here that I did not say in response to the answer.
MR SMYTH (Brindabella): Just for clarity, standing order 213 does not say “the page”. It says “the document”. If a document is 10 pages long then it is 10 pages, or two pages or three pages. The minister does not get to choose which part of the document she tables. The standing order is concise and she should comply with the standing order.
MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members. This is a matter for which there appears to be no precedent in the Assembly, which is a shame for the Speaker. There are two possible ways, I believe, to interpret standing order 213. There is the first, which Mrs Dunne and Mr Smyth have put. The other is that the sections that the minister has quoted from are the ones that should be tabled. I am of the view that the latter is an appropriate interpretation as long as the minister has tabled the document—the matters she has quoted from. I believe that fulfils the requirement of the standing order. That said, I will check the Hansard later to ensure that quotes that Ms Burch gave are contained in the documents tabled.
Mr Coe: You are not going to know.
MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Coe! I will be able to know, as it happens, because I will be able to read the Hansard and if the text Ms Burch quoted from is not there it will be self-evident.
MR COE (Ginninderra): On your ruling, how would you know whether additional quotes and additional facts, which she said, were on that document? Surely based on that ruling, you are going to have a bit of a tough time doing so.
MR SPEAKER: Thank you for your contribution. I have given my answer.
Financial Management Act
Paper and statement by minister
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 16B—Instrument authorising the rollover of undisbursed appropriation of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, including a statement of reasons, dated 21 October 2010.
I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MS GALLAGHER: Section 16B of the Financial Management Act “Rollover of undispersed appropriation” allows for appropriations to be preserved from one