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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2016) . . Page.. 260 ..


MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (12.31): Madam Speaker, the opposition also has concerns with the referral of inquiries in effect before the first day of business for a number of these committees. We think that, whilst there is an interesting relationship between the operation of the Assembly and the committees, we do think that the committees should be afforded a level of autonomy as to what their priorities are.

We also think it is very important that the committees meet and actually have a discussion about their workflow and what their agenda can and should be. To that end, as Mr Rattenbury has already said, whilst there is merit in each of the proposed referrals that are on the table today, we think that they, amongst other issues, are probably best to go informally to the relevant committees for their deliberation. Then I think they will be able to better judge the best line of inquiry to commence.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Sitting suspended from 12.32 to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (2.31): Madam Speaker, the Deputy Chief Minister will be absent from question time today, travelling to a ministerial council. I will take questions in the Deputy Chief Minister’s portfolio.

Standing orders

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the Leader of the Opposition, I want to remind members, and perhaps especially the new MLAs, of standing order 117, which relates to rules for all questions that are asked in questions without notice. It may be useful for some members to reflect on that for future sittings.

Questions without notice

ACT Land Development Agency—FOI request

MR COE: Madam Speaker, I have a question to the Minister for Economic Development. Chief Minister, when did the CEO and board of the Land Development Agency first discover that the agency had supplied a manipulated document in response to my November 2015 FOI request? Further to this, when did you find out about it?

MR BARR: I will need to inquire of the board and the chief executive of the LDA in relation to the first part of the question. In relation to the second part, from memory: when the Auditor-General tabled her report.

MR COE: Chief Minister, who first brought this manipulation to your attention, and, following that, what has been the explanation that has been given to you, assuming that you have actually sought one?


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