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Ministerial Conduct

MS McRAE: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mrs Carnell in her capacity as Chief Minister. Chief Minister, we heard this morning that late last night Mr Kennett accepted the resignation of one of his Ministers who felt that he had to step down to defend allegations, relating to personal conduct, from one person, one staffer. In the context of clear signs of leadership shown by your Liberal colleague Mr Kennett and his ex-Minister for Finance, Mr Smith, will you now take appropriate action?

MRS CARNELL: No resignation is before me.

MS McRAE: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Does that mean that you think that Mr Kennett’s and Mr Smith's actions were wrong?

MRS CARNELL: I understand that Mr Kennett accepted the resignation of a Minister who put that resignation to him. As I said, no resignation is in front of me to accept or reject. If the question that you are actually asking me is, “Will you stand down Mr De Domenico while the Human Rights Office is investigating his complaint?”, I think that has been answered again and again in this Assembly this week.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.



MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services) (3.31): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the National Road Trauma Advisory Council annual report for 1993-94 and move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, the National Road Trauma Advisory Council was established in August 1990 by the Prime Minister to advise him, State Premiers and Chief Ministers on effective and achievable ways to reduce the road toll. The council's membership includes medical experts in trauma management and rehabilitation, experts in transport and transport economics, as well as representatives of the motor vehicle industry and law enforcement agencies. The council's terms of reference require that its annual reports be tabled in Federal, State and Territory parliaments. We have been provided with a limited number of copies of the report; so, if members wish to have a copy of the report, please contact the Clerk's office.

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