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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (19 May) . . Page.. 334 ..

Rural Residential Development

MR HARGREAVES: I address my question to the Chief Minister. I am very grateful, I must say, for the lecture in history that these terrible people on this side of the house have made some dreadful mistakes with regard to some dreadful things and we have in fact, as Mr Hird is wont to say, abrogated our responsibility for community consultation. I must express my gratitude for that.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, ask your question.

MR HARGREAVES: Yes, Mr Speaker. My question concerns discomfort. We have some discomfort about this process at Kinlyside. Our discomfort stems from such things as the joint venture at section 555 in Gordon. Wonderful community consultation! Mr Hird boasted about the Minister and his land planning people admitting to such mistakes. My question is: Can the Chief Minister tell the Assembly exactly when it became evident that Mr Whitcombe held only one lease and not three? I will underscore the words in case there is a point of order later on, Mr Speaker, and a misinterpretation. The words are "exactly when".

Ms Carnell: I have already answered it.

MR HARGREAVES: Then I will ask you to reiterate it.

Ms Carnell: You cannot. It is contrary to standing orders.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, with due respect, I will take your ruling and not that of the Chief Minister.

MR SPEAKER: A question fully answered cannot be renewed.

MR HARGREAVES: Further, can the Chief Minister say when it became evident that Cabinet had been misled?

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: The Chief Minister did answer the question to the day in her earlier answer, so that question has been fully answered. Standing orders do not allow a question already answered to be asked again.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, part of the question asked when they became aware that the Cabinet had been misled. The Chief Minister has not answered that question.

MR SPEAKER: While we are all jumping up and down on this I am about to uphold the point that Mr Humphries made, namely, that a question fully answered cannot be renewed. That is standing order 117(h). However, that part of the question, if such exists, of Mr Hargreaves's that has not been answered can be addressed.

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