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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4814 ..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

Both of these issues, I believe, Mr Moore, are very important matters and ones that have significant impacts on families here in Canberra, "families" being the important word there. That brings us, Mr Speaker, to the Government's promised council for the family. Do you remember that?

Mr Moore: I do. I do recall seeing that.

MR OSBORNE: I have to say, Mr Speaker - - -

Mr De Domenico: This is farcical.

MR SPEAKER: The question is now out of order.

MR OSBORNE: Why is that?

MR SPEAKER: Your answer is now out of order. I am sorry. You have now moved over to some other matter relating to families which, I might add, is a matter of Government policy, not yours, Mr Osborne.

MR MOORE: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. When I ask my supplementary question I will draw your attention to the fact that I included in my question a matter of the family. Mr Osborne, did you or, in fact, anyone else actually make a commitment to the family during the election?

MR OSBORNE: Thank you, Mr Moore, and how I would love to answer that question. I certainly - - -

Mr Kaine: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker: It seems to me that Mr Osborne is about to launch into a statement of what his policy was at the last election. I thought policy questions were out of order.

MR OSBORNE: Not at all.

MR SPEAKER: The other point is that questions - - -

Mr Moore: On the point of order, Mr Speaker; I think it is very important to note that standing order 117(c)(ii) says that questions shall not ask Ministers to announce Executive policy, et cetera. He is not a Minister.

Mr Kaine: He is not anything.

Mr Moore: I have asked him a question and I want an answer to it.

MR SPEAKER: I am looking at standing order 117(f), which says:

Questions may be asked to elicit information regarding business pending on the Notice Paper but discussion must not be anticipated;

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