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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 2667 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

I am very keen to support this motion and I hope to see it get up, because I think it makes Mrs Carnell and her Government look very petty and mean. It also makes them appear not to have any respect for, or understanding of, the responsibilities of people on the crossbenches. They might think they have always got Mr Osborne and Mr Rugendyke and it does not matter how well Mr Kaine is resourced, but in fact that will not always be the case. Even if it was, there is a principle here which must be respected. Maybe they did not like Mr Kaine leaving the Liberal Party, but that is not what is at issue here. What is at issue here is whether or not people are equally resourced in this Assembly for the work.

Debate (on motion by Mr Rugendyke) adjourned.

Inquiry - Committee Evidence

MS TUCKER (11.33): I move:

That, noting the two recommendations of the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio Report No. 2 concerning the Draft Principles and Guidelines for the Treatment of Commercial Information held by ACT Government Agencies, the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure inquire into and report on:

(1) the procedures to be followed by the Assembly or an Assembly committee, where a committee request for the provision of information is met with a claim of commercial-in-confidence, confidentiality or public interest immunity; and

(2) the provision of in camera evidence to Assembly committees and the use of that evidence.

The Chief Minister's committee recommended to the Administration and Procedure Committee that it look at their report on this issue. The committee has considered the report and recommendations and has agreed to undertake this reference.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (11.34): Mr Deputy Speaker, I ask for leave to amend the notice on the notice paper.

Leave granted.

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