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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 197 ..

MRS CARNELL: Ms Follett would be aware that I wrote to her on that particular question on 28 December 1995, advising her that the answer to the question would be late simply because of the amount of detail involved. I understand that that is the approach that is supposed to be taken. I understand that the answer is being finalised now. We will certainly get it to Ms Follett as soon as possible. I certainly did follow procedure. I wrote to Ms Follett. I told her that it was a question that required significant detail and significant research. That research is almost completed.


MS McRAE: Mr Speaker, I wish to follow up on an answer that was provided to me yesterday. This is a point of order in relation to that answer. Mr De Domenico did as was requested by the Assembly; he provided me with details of the members of Canberra Region Campaign Board. I fear that, in receiving this answer, both Mr De Domenico and the Assembly have been treated with contempt. I will seek leave shortly to table this answer. I seek your ruling. Specifically, I am concerned that I was given this answer:

Our discussions with the provisional liquidator indicate there were a number of changes to the board in late 1995.

I requested details of members of that board, and the Minister acceded to that request. The answer further says:

Any further enquiries -

to find out who these people are -

need to be lodged with Ferrier Hodgson, the official provisional liquidator.

It is not correct that I should be asked to make a telephone call to find out an answer that I have asked for in the Assembly. I ask for leave to table this. I would like you to follow that up and perhaps issue instructions to all people who provide answers to Ministers that it is simply not acceptable to not provide an answer.

Leave granted.

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism): Mr Speaker, I seek leave of the Assembly to speak on this matter.

Leave granted.

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