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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 4 Hansard (18 April) . . Page.. 1088 ..

MS McRAE (continuing):

Can you explain why I received this answer when there was a full statement in the submission by the department to the Public Accounts Committee? It was Attachment 9 of the submission, headed "Collection rates of voluntary contributions and transitory funds", and details were given of the amounts raised by the voluntary contributions between 1982 and 1994. Can you explain this difference, Minister?

MR STEFANIAK: I think you have two completely different things, Ms McRae. In case there is any correlation, I am happy to take that on notice, see what I can find out and get back to you, Ms McRae.

MS McRAE: That is outrageous, Mr Speaker. This Minister has misled the Assembly. This is a question on notice. It is a question that was provided. They are both public. It is absolutely outrageous.

Mr Humphries: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Members opposite seem to think it is all right at least twice a day to accuse a member over here of misleading and then withdraw, as if that makes up for it. It does not. It is against standing orders to say what Ms McRae has said. I ask that she be made to withdraw it.

MS McRAE: Mr Speaker, before I withdraw, I wish to repeat my question. The Government did not listen to what I said.

MR SPEAKER: No, there is no - - -

MS McRAE: Let me finish.

Mr De Domenico: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Would you check standing orders? I suggest that if the Minister has decided to take the question on notice there could not possibly be a supplementary question.

MS McRAE: I have not got to the supplementary question yet. I am answering the point of order. The Government laughed at me and said that there was a discrepancy in what I was talking about. They did not listen to the question. They now accuse me of inappropriately accusing the Minister of misleading the parliament. I suggest that they listen to the question again. I am happy to withdraw my accusation of misleading if the Minister would give me the courtesy of listening to my question and taking very seriously this accusation that I am making.

MR SPEAKER: Order! As far as I am aware, the Minister has taken your question quite seriously and has taken it on notice, Ms McRae. I do not think he can do any more than that.

MS McRAE: I would like to see that, Mr Speaker.

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