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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2394 ..

It is pretty straightforward. There should not be anything to hide; but should the Chief Minister think at some stage that there is privilege attached to this document, there is a process that I am following. I will not go further than that, other than I think it is in the interest of the government to be as open as it can in these matters.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (3.12): There are obviously a number of issues that have been raised that are problematic with the wording of Mr Hanson’s motion in terms of the claim of privilege and otherwise. So I would suggest, and I will move, that we adjourn to a later hour this day so that a correctly worded motion could be put before the Assembly, which the government will then consider.

It is quite likely that we will claim privilege on this matter but I will need to take some advice on that. In accordance with the standing order that was written for this very reason, there is a time frame.

A preferential approach for Mr Hanson would be to remove the “by close of business today” element and simply call for the tabling. That would then trigger the standing order in its entirety. It will not be tabled today. I will take advice and we would then most likely seek to claim that executive privilege, as has been the case before.

In order to ensure that this can be dealt with in a more appropriate manner that is not making it up on the run with handwritten motions, I move:

That the debate be adjourned until a later hour this day.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Mr Gentleman presented the following papers:

Auditor-General Act, pursuant to section 21—Auditor-General’s Report No 4/2021—ACT Government’s vehicle emissions reduction activities—Government response.

Coroners Act, pursuant to subsection 57(4)—Inquest into the death of Kaitlin O’Keefe McGill—Government response to Coronial recommendation, dated 5 August 2021, together with a statement, dated 5 August 2021.

Education and Care Services National Law as applied by the law of the States and Territories—Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2021 (2021 No 380—New South Wales), including an explanatory memorandum.

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2019-20 and Estimates 2020-21—Update on Recommendation 2, dated August 2021.

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