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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1276 ..

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, on a point of clarification: The Chief Minister has said that this matter is not on the notice paper, or she implied that that is the case. If she were to look at today's notice paper, on page 565, item 5, under Assembly Business, she would see "Planning and Environment - Standing Committee - Report No. 10 - 1996-97 Draft Capital Works Program - motion that report be noted". It is a motion, of course, that I moved.

Mr Kaine: On the same point of order, Mr Speaker: I think the last words of that standing order which you quoted are the relevant ones - "of which the Member has charge". A member or chairman of a planning committee does not have charge of anything unless it happens to be before the committee at the time. This matter is not currently before the committee; it is before the Assembly.

MR MOORE: No. It is my motion on the notice paper. "That the report be noted" is my motion.

Mr Kaine: Yes; and it is now a matter for the Assembly, not for the committee. It is in the charge of the Assembly.

MR MOORE: It is my motion. Read standing order 116.

Mr Kaine: He is still expressing a view only on his own behalf, not as chairman of the committee, and he is out of order, Mr Speaker.

MR MOORE: I can understand why you are embarrassed.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Moore, as chairman of that committee, has charge of the introduction of the reports.

Mr Kaine: You are stretching a longbow.

MR SPEAKER: I will allow the question on that basis - as chairman of the committee - and that was the context in which the question was asked.

MR MOORE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I appreciate your taking time to think about that ruling. I can understand why the Government would be embarrassed by having a question answered sensibly, instead of being answered in the perfunctory sort of way we have been used to.

MR SPEAKER: Let us just answer the question.

MR MOORE: Indeed, Mr Speaker; that is exactly what I am doing. That $14.2m having come out of the capital works program means roughly 200 fewer jobs. The Chief Minister was kind enough this morning to give to us a list of the capital works projects from which she is going to take money and move it across to the hole in her health budget. She lists there Page/Weetangera stormwater augmentation; Acton Peninsula, project on hold, $3m; slippages for Holder High School modifications, $1.4m - a series of them, coming to a total of $14m. It will be her contention that, because these capital works projects were delayed, we have not lost jobs.

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