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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 15 November 2011) . . Page.. 5268 ..


MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Thank you.

Mr Seselja: There is latitude always given on these things. If somebody is saying, “Given this, why that?” that is not a preamble to a question. That is simply a question. These kinds of questions are often allowed, particularly for Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, that was a slur. There was no need for that slur. I would like to ask him to withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, there is no point of order. Mr Coe, try and keep it focused, thank you.

MR COE: Given the annual report of the RSPCA, which was audited by Ernst & Young, does not reflect $570,000 from the government which was promised to the society, how is it that the RSPCA did not receive all the funds by 30 June 2011 if your government is saying that the transfer was made?

MR CORBELL: I stand by my advice, Mr Speaker. I cannot answer questions about how the RSPCA undertakes its bookkeeping.

MR SESELJA: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, will you provide to the Assembly by the close of business today written evidence of the amounts granted to the RSPCA for the last 18 months, including the dates of those transactions?

MR CORBELL: I am happy to try and do so. I will have to make some inquiries from my directorate as to whether or not that material is available in that time frame, but I will use my best endeavours.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, when will the money and the site be available for a permanent home for the RSPCA?

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, in fact the issue was about the grants funds for the RSPCA. It was not about the building or the sites.

MR SPEAKER: The question was about the resourcing of the RSPCA, and I think the practice we have had in this place is that, within a reasonably close range of topics, the question is in order.


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