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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3037 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

purchase of plant and equipment to establish a plastics coating operation. Last Friday it was with much pleasure that I was able to open the company's new factory at Oaks Estate. SPL Coatings holds the South Pacific licence for a patented coating process first developed in Canada.

Ms McRae: Why do you not table it? We will read it.

MRS CARNELL: Because this is really important. It employs Canberrans. Maybe you do not care, but we do. Put simply, it uses a high-tech plastic refinishing process which rejuvenates photocopiers, facsimile machines, telephones, laser printers and other office equipment to as new condition. This process gives a better finish and cases can be recoated many times. When the product can no longer be used it can be recycled as virgin plastic.

Mr Moore: I raise a point of order under standing order 118(a). The Chief Minister is confining her answer to the subject matter, but the standing order requires that the answer be concise. This is much more like a ministerial statement. We would be happy to give the Chief Minister the opportunity to make a ministerial statement if she so desires.

MRS CARNELL: We are seven minutes into question time and we are onto the second question. I do not think that is an enormously long time.

Mr Kaine: I would like to speak to that point of order. I asked the Chief Minister a question because I wanted to know the answer. This has to do with jobs for people in the ACT. I think the Chief Minister should be able to answer the question comprehensively.

Mr Berry: Perhaps Mr Kaine does not understand the question.

MR SPEAKER: He understands the question. He is trying to get an answer.

MRS CARNELL: I will be as precise as I can.

MR SPEAKER: I do not uphold Mr Moore's point of order. The standing order says:

The answer to a question without notice:

(a) shall be concise and confined to the subject matter of the question; ...

I think that the Chief Minister is being quite concise. She has confined the answer to the subject matter of the question. It is not as if we have a limited time for question time, as you know, Mr Moore. You will get your chance, along with everybody else.

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