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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (22 May) . . Page.. 1605 ..

Disallowed Question

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Whitecross in his capacity as Leader of the Opposition and the alternative government and Opposition member in charge of financial matters and things like that.

MR SPEAKER: Could you repeat that.

MR MOORE: My question is to Mr Whitecross as the shadow Minister responsible for financial matters.

Mr De Domenico: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I suggest that you might ask whether Mr Moore is going to ask Mr Whitecross about something on the notice paper. If that is not the case, I would suggest that the question might be out of order.

MR SPEAKER: That is a fair question, Mr De Domenico.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, we had your ruling on this the other day, and I feel that I am well within it. Your ruling was with reference to standing order 116, which reads:

Questions may be put to a Member, not being a Minister, relating to any bill, motion, or other public matter connected with the business of the Assembly, of which the Member has charge.

Quite clearly, Mr Whitecross has charge of business of the Assembly to do with financial matters, Mr Speaker.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, if Mr Moore really wants Mr Whitecross to have charge of these matters, we are perfectly amenable to the proposition; but I think it is a bit premature.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry, there is no point of order on that matter. However, Mr Moore, I am afraid that your question to Mr Whitecross is out of order. Mr Whitecross does not have charge - much as he would like to, I am sure - of matters relating to any Bill, motion or other public matter connected with the business of the Assembly.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I am quite comfortable with looking to change the standing orders in due time. That is not too difficult.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a question?

MR MOORE: In that case, Mr Speaker, if you will allow me, I will ask my question of the Chief Minister.

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