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MS FOLLETT: I totally support that convention, Mr Speaker, but the Minister stood and read word for word from that document. If it is not to be tabled I would appreciate a copy of it.
MR SPEAKER: The question is before the house.
MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (4.52): If I may speak to the matter that Ms Follett has raised, I would say it is within the competence of the house to move this motion and to carry it. However, it is a most unfortunate precedent. There has been an informal agreement in this place that members are entitled to read from briefs or speaking notes without having to table those notes. Where a member reads from, say, a letter or a document, that is another matter. Members would certainly expect to have to table that document if they use it on the floor of the house. This is a speaking note prepared for Mr Stefaniak in his office and he has read it in full. I think, as a matter of principle, it is undesirable to open that up for members to see generally. Members can annotate that or cross things off. That really is a matter for members to have to deal with on their own. We have not traditionally asked for those documents, and I would urge members not to now start doing that.
MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition) (4.53), in reply: Mr Speaker, I totally support the convention that people's notes ought not to be tabled, and I always have supported that; but we have another convention, and that is that any statement by a Minister is circulated in this place. In my view, that was a statement by the Minister, and I ask that it be tabled.
MR SPEAKER: It is for the Assembly to decide. The question is that the motion be agreed to, and that is to table the document Mr Stefaniak read from, whatever it is.
That the motion (Ms Follett’s) be agreed to.
The Assembly voted -
Mr De Domenico
Question so resolved in the affirmative.