Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 9 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 2621 ..
MS HORODNY (continuing):
I have always said that they are able to be recycled. The fact is that they are not currently recycled. The bottles are squashed. They are sent out of Canberra and at their destination the tops of the bottles are cut off and dumped. That is a fact that needs to be made very clear because, obviously, the Minister is not aware of what is happening in his own area of responsibility.
MS HORODNY: Mr Speaker, I raise a matter under standing order 118A. My question is to the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning. I would like the Minister to explain why he was unable to provide an answer to my question on notice No. 276 within the required 30-day period, as set out in the standing orders. The question having been taken on notice on 27 June, the answer arrived in my office only just before question time today, which is 58 days after notification.
Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, she cannot use that if she has actually got the answer, I would have thought.
MS HORODNY: I am seeking to find out why it took 58 days instead of the required 30 days under the standing orders.
MR SPEAKER: There is no question under standing order 118A. If you have received the answer, Ms Horodny, you may certainly ask of the Minister at some time, if you wish, why it was late, but you cannot do it under standing order 118A. You have received the answer already.
MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.57): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the spring 1996 legislation program, and I move:
That the Assembly takes note of the paper.
I table the Government's legislative program for the spring 1996 sitting period. The program provides an overview of the legislation the Government intends to introduce into the Assembly in the second half of this year. In formulating the program, the Government has kept in mind that the spring 1996 session is of six weeks' duration only and, of course, in that period we will be bringing down the budget. The Government also plans to table all annual reports in the spring session, so we have a very busy few months coming up. In this context, the program is a very focused document. The Government does not intend to waste the Assembly's precious time over the next few months introducing legislation just for the sake of it. As I have repeatedly said, this Government is not a legislation factory.