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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 3731 ..

Budget Expenses

MS TUCKER: My question is to Mrs Carnell as Treasurer. I did give her notice of this so that she would have the appropriate budget books here.

Mrs Carnell: You said you were going to ask a question on an annual report. I did not know which one.

MS TUCKER: I am sorry you did not get the message that it was the Chief Minister's annual report. Do you have the Chief Minister's annual report here? Do you have Budget Paper No. 3?

MR SPEAKER: Would you like to go outside and discuss it, or is this question time?

MS TUCKER: I thought my office had asked Mrs Carnell to have her budget books here; but, if there has been a misunderstanding, obviously I cannot ask her to answer the question. Mr Speaker, do we have to have interjections? This is a fairly basic interchange.

MR SPEAKER: Ask your question.

MS TUCKER: Do you have Budget Paper No. 3?

Mrs Carnell: Yes.

MS TUCKER: Thank you. My question relates to table 4.1.1 on page 94 of Budget Paper No. 3, which sets out the general government sector budgetary situation in accrual terms.

Mrs Carnell: Page?

MS TUCKER: Page 94, table 4.1.1.

Mrs Carnell: Is it Budget Paper No. 3?

MS TUCKER: It is 1996-97 Budget Paper No. 3.

MR SPEAKER: Would you like an adjournment while we sort this out?

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I suggest that it would be courteous of Ms Tucker - it would not cross her mind to do this - to come round and give the Chief Minister the details of what page she wants to refer to while someone else asks a question, and then we will come back to Ms Tucker afterwards.

MR SPEAKER: I would be happy to entertain that suggestion.

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