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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3828 ..

MR WOOD: I am still on my feet, Mr Speaker. If Mr Humphries does want to answer it, he might encompass this - - -

MR SPEAKER: Do not ask rhetorical questions, otherwise I will pull you up.

MR WOOD: He or the Chief Minister, Mr Stefaniak, Mr Moore or Mr Smyth might want to encompass this in their answer - - -

MR SPEAKER: Would you mind getting to your question without a preamble.

Mr Moore: The Deputy Speaker knows the standing orders - or should.

MR WOOD: Do not tell me about taking up too much time of the Assembly in talking, Mr Moore. Do not tell me that.

MR SPEAKER: Can we have a question from you, please, Mr Wood?

Mr Smyth: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. For the information of the Deputy Speaker, standing order 117 says that a general rule that shall apply to questions is that they shall be brief and relate to a single issue. Would he like to raise the issue or would he like to sit down?

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, it is to whichever Minister wants to reply. A spokesman expressed Mr Stefaniak's views that, to quote from the Canberra Times, "the disabled design course had no tangible outcomes in terms of education". Ministers, what kind and caring criteria were used for making this judgment?

MR STEFANIAK: I will answer that, Mr Speaker. You have covered the whole gamut, Mr Wood. You have had Gary get up and you have had Brendan get up. You have done well, really. Maybe Michael should get up; he has only interjected so far. The CIT delivers certain services.

Mr Kaine: I rise to a point of order, Mr Speaker. I do not think that the question was actually addressed to Mr Stefaniak. Is he acting as a delegate of the Chief Minister in this matter?

Ms Carnell: I am very happy to delegate at any time.

MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister has generously given Mr Stefaniak a shot.

MR STEFANIAK: If Mr Wood had read the whole article and, indeed, had listened to ABC radio on, I think, the 9 o'clock show to a lady who was involved in the program, he would be well aware that a non-government agency runs a very simple program for $10 a session, which the mother of one of the people concerned thought was quite fair.

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