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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (3 December) . . Page.. 4309 ..

Cabinet Decisions

MR BERRY: My question is directed to Mrs Carnell in her role as Chief Minister. Chief Minister, you have said publicly - you are on the record - that when decisions were made in Cabinet in relation to shopping hours and in relation to anything to do with pharmacies you excluded yourself from decisions. Would you inform the house of on how many occasions you have excluded yourself from Cabinet decisions? What records would you be able to table in the house to demonstrate those occasions?

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, you would be aware, as I am sure everybody except Mr Berry is aware, that Cabinet papers are not tabled in this place.

Ms McRae: You were not in the Cabinet when the decisions were taken.

MRS CARNELL: He wanted information from Cabinet tabled. That simply does not happen. I can guarantee - - -

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I think Mrs Carnell has misunderstood my question.

Mr De Domenico: She has not finished yet. Is this a point of order?

Mr Berry: I am just trying to assist the house.

MR SPEAKER: All right. Thank you. I think the Chief Minister has understood the question quite well.

MRS CARNELL: When any member of Cabinet believes there may be a pecuniary interest involved, or some other interest involved, in a decision made in Cabinet, they exclude themselves from Cabinet.

MR BERRY: And you never have. Is it true that you never have excluded yourself from the Cabinet room when these decisions have been made and - - -

Mrs Carnell: No.

Mr De Domenico: She has answered that.

MR SPEAKER: Just a moment. Mr Berry has not finished his question.

MR BERRY: If that is the case, why can you not demonstrate those absences by some record? Will you undertake, as a matter of policy, to inform the house every time you absent yourself in future?

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