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MR WOOD: Under standing orders I rise to make a personal explanation. Mr Speaker, in endeavouring to handle a difficult situation, Mr Stefaniak commented on a referral in January, when I was Minister, to the Board of Senior Secondary Studies to examine an issue. I might say that, contrary to his own views on the world, I would be very happy for him to table any documents on that. If he does not table them, I might write to get them and table them myself. The Board of Senior Secondary Studies is the body responsible for Year 12 certification and is the appropriate body to settle issues of a significant nature. It would be appropriate - it would be indeed proper - for a Minister to refer a matter to that board. That approach is totally different to the intervention initiated by the Minister himself.

Mr Stefaniak: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. You are quite right, Mr Wood. It is appropriate for a Minister to refer something to the Board of Senior Secondary Studies in exceptional circumstances, which I did.

Mr Berry: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Under what standing order does the Minister rise?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stefaniak was not making a personal explanation; he was taking a point of order.



MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, for the information of members and in the interests of open government, I present the ministerial travel schedule for the period 1 May to 31 July 1995. It is available for everybody.


Ministerial Statement

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement on the Northern Territory Expo.

Leave granted.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, members of the Assembly: I am pleased to have the opportunity today to present a ministerial statement which reflects this Government's commitment to raising Canberra's profile in national and international markets. Following an invitation by the Northern Territory Government, I recently attended the Northern Territory Expo in Darwin. An initiative of the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Northern Territory Expo has been a major trade event for over 20 years.

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