Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 23 June 2011) . . Page.. 2422 ..
Mr Barr presented the following paper:
Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 5—Needs of ACT Students with a Disability—Progress report on recommendations—Question taken on notice budget estimate hearings, dated June 2011.
Mr Corbell presented the following paper:
Coroners Amendment Bill 2011—Reform of the ACT coronial system.
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health, Minister for Industrial Relations and Treasurer): I seek leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement concerning open government.
Leave not granted.
Standing and temporary orders—suspension
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.30): I move:
That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Ms Gallagher (Chief Minister) from making a ministerial statement on open government.
The government of course always endeavours to try to provide an advance copy of these statements prior to their being presented in this place. Regrettably there was an error on the part of the Chief Minister’s office this afternoon that saw that the statement was not circulated within the time frame that has been agreed by convention between all parties in this place. I would simply ask for members’ forbearance in relation to that matter and allow the Chief Minister to make the statement. I am sure members would consider that a statement about the government’s approach in relation to accountability and open government would be of interest and it would be valuable for members to hear the Chief Minister’s position and statement on future directions in relation to this matter.
There has been an error. The government apologises for it and asks members to suspend the standing orders so that this can occur.
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health, Minister for Industrial Relations and Treasurer) (3.31): The Leader of the Opposition about five