Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 June 2011) . . Page.. 2821 ..
MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary.
MS HUNTER: Minister, can you advise why you have refused to support an examination by an independent expert in sustainable transport planning of the impacts the new Majura parkway will have on modal shift and greenhouse gas emissions?
MR CORBELL: I am not going to accept that an independent expert, whoever that is—the independent expert appointed by the Greens on this issue. I could have a bit of a guess about who they would want to appoint. We are not interested in adopting an approach set up by the Greens to justify their particular ideological position in relation to arterial road provision.
DR BOURKE: Mr Speaker, my question is to you and it relates to your responsibility for the Assembly precincts and the Assembly. Mr Speaker, can you please provide the Assembly with details of any requests to yourself or any officer of the Assembly for additional office accommodation or space from MLAs or their officers?
MR SPEAKER: Dr Bourke, you are pushing a series of firsts in your time in the Assembly. I think it is the first question I have been asked in question time since I came here.
I would have to take some of that on notice, Dr Bourke. I have discussions with a range of members at different times about reconfigurations of their offices, whether there is adequate space and also issues around the provision of computer equipment and the like, and sufficient desks for volunteers. These are issues that are constantly coming up through the office of the Clerk and directly to my office. I would struggle to name specific occasions but I am happy to come back to you with some details, if that is required.
DR BOURKE: A supplementary.
MR SPEAKER: Yes.
DR BOURKE: Mr Speaker, perhaps you could advise me then what was the stated purpose for the need for those additional spaces or renovations and what was your response to them.
MR SPEAKER: Could I have the last bit again?
DR BOURKE: And your response. What was your response?
MR SPEAKER: The issues that have primarily arisen for me have been around the capacity to house volunteers for various members who, at times, have had volunteers working in their offices. The Assembly has a volunteers policy. My personal view is that it is appropriate for members of the Assembly to have volunteers work in their offices. We do have resource constraints around both the space that is available and, for example, IT capability.