Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 1915 ..
MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, on 23 May Mr Moore asked me a question relating to the charging of fees for basic literacy and numeracy courses. I took the question on notice. I have subsequently provided Mr Moore with an answer in writing. I now seek leave to have this answer incorporated in Hansard.
Answer incorporated at Appendix 1.
MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, under standing order 118A, I would like to ask Mr Humphries why he has not answered my question No. 231, asked on 15 May 1996, which refers to a lease of the ABC site in Dickson for commercial offices?
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I am afraid that I cannot tell Mr Moore why that answer has not been provided yet. I think that all the answers on my desk have been dealt with. I will undertake to find out and give Mr Moore an answer today as to why that information is not available.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Wood, I understand that you wish to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.
MR WOOD: Indeed, Mr Speaker. Yesterday, in answer to a question, or a non-answer to a question, the Chief Minister misinterpreted, I think deliberately, what I said. I asked her what the Prime Minister said. In response to my points of order, three times she said that I had asked her what she said. Let me repeat that question, or part of the question:
Did the Prime Minister acknowledge the devastating effect on the ACT of his Public Service job cuts? Did the Prime Minister express any compassion for the ACT families who will lose their jobs? What did he say to you?
That is as recorded in Hansard. So, I was right. Mr Speaker, the Chief Minister generally chooses not to answer a question, but she should not go to the improper length of substituting a question that she prefers.
Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, if I misinterpreted Mr Wood's question, I am very happy to say that I am sorry.