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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 3001 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: I think—

Ms Lee: I don’t mind it; I am just asking.

MADAM SPEAKER: It is a fair question because no one in this chamber has direct responsibility in many ways for the independent commission. In its nature, we created an independent body. The Chief Minister is responsible for the act; not for the commission itself, but he is responsible for the act, so in that sense, and wearing that hat, he can reply to the question.

Ms Lee: On the point of order and your ruling, Madam Speaker, with questions relating to the Integrity Commission, you do consider them to be in order to be asked during question time of the Chief Minister?

MADAM SPEAKER: I will take some further advice on that because it is independent. It is like saying that there are questions of the Auditor-General, the Electoral Commission or, indeed, our own Clerk.

Ms Lee: I know; that is why I am trying to get clarification.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am quite happy to get some clarification and come back.

Ms Lee: Okay; thank you.

Mr Davis: Madam Speaker, with your indulgence, to confirm the wording of the question, I asked the head of the government what Canberrans should do if they suspect that there is corrupt conduct by a parliamentarian. I think it is reasonable to ask the head of the government what he would advise constituents to do if they thought such instances existed, and point them in the right direction. If Ms Lee actually had a point of order, it may have been with respect to the first question.

Ms Lee: It was; that is what we are doing. It is a supplementary; that is what we are asking.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I will allow the supplementary, but I will come back to members with further advice.

MR BARR: The time has expired.

Budget—infrastructure

MR HANSON: My question is to the Treasurer. The budget contains a five-year infrastructure program spend of $5 billion. Over the next four years of the budget cycle and forward estimates—four years, not five—can you confirm that the infrastructure program is $4.48 billion?

MR BARR: As I recall there is net new capital in this fiscal year of $89.678 million, net new capital of $155.119 million in 2022-23, net new capital of $74,346 million in


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