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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3458 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

aware that any formal applications have been lodged. Until such time, they are simply ideas. Once an application is lodged it is assessed. A PA may be required. A DA would certainly be required and public notification would ensue.

Ms Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Members, during questions without notice on Tuesday, 20 October I undertook to check a matter following a question asked by Mr Kaine of the Chief Minister. I also indicated yesterday that I would reply no later than today. The issue relates to standing order 177 (h), the provisions of which are:

A question fully answered cannot be renewed.

On 14 October Mr Kaine, during questions without notice, asked a supplementary question of the Chief Minister, part of which queried whether she would table all resolutions of Bruce Operations Pty Ltd concerning specified matters. In her answer to the supplementary question, the Chief Minister stated that she had already answered the question, repeated part of her answer to Mr Kaine's initial question and made certain other comments.

On 19 October, in another supplementary question, Mr Kaine asked whether the Chief Minister would table all resolutions of Bruce Operations Pty Ltd related to the remuneration of its members in any respect. It was then proposed that the question was out of order and I undertook to check the matter.

Mr Kaine's supplementary questions were in very specific and very similar terms. Having examined the proof Hansard and re-examined terms of the relevant questions and the answers given, I cannot conclude that the question was fully answered as the Chief Minister did not indicate whether or not she would table the resolutions sought.

Mr Kaine's supplementary question on Tuesday was in order. However, I remind members that our practice, based on that of the House of Representatives, is that Ministers cannot be required to answer questions. Answers must also meet the requirements of standing order 118 and other relevant standing orders. I thank members.


Bruce Operations Pty Ltd

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, based on your decision there, I can answer Mr Kaine's supplementary question. There has been no resolution. There are zero resolutions. That is what I have been trying to tell you the whole time, but you were not listening to me.

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