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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 3997 ..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

determination you mentioned just now. Mr Speaker, my question is. On what basis was that done? Clearly, I cannot ring up the Public Service commissioner and ask why. The Chief Minister is the responsible Minister, so now I am asking the Chief Minister what that basis was.

MS CARNELL: If those opposite stopped talking or interjecting and listened, they would know that I have just tabled - - -

Mr Hargreaves: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. The Chief Minister should try to answer my question. She has just accused us of talking. I would remind you, sir, that I have said nothing yet in this question time. I want that withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hargreaves, we are well aware that you have not been talking and interjecting. We cannot say the same for your colleagues. I must admit in fairness that it is difficult for people to hear if others are talking. The Chief Minister is about to respond to your question.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I table for the information of members the direction the Public Service commissioner made on 13 August 1996 with regard to rental allowances and so on. I do not know the basis upon which this was made. We have a new Public Service commissioner. I am more than willing to take the question on notice, but because we have a new commissioner and it may take somewhat longer than close of business today to ask her - I have to ask her - the basis upon which she made this determination. I am happy to take the question on notice, but I certainly cannot answer it by close of business today. You can see quite definitely that Ms Linda Webb at the time made that decision, produced that direction. I am sure she had a very good reason to do so, but I will have to ask her.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Hargreaves?

Mr Hargreaves: No, thank you, Mr Speaker, I think the Minister has successfully ducked the question.

Attorney-General's Adviser - Law Enforcement Discussions

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Deputy Chief Minister. Minister, back in September you spent 10 days in Ireland on what I understand was a very productive trip which had some beneficial outcomes for the Territory. When looking at the travel report for the July-September period for members of the Executive, I noticed that after you left to come home one of your political staffers spent 13 days on a round of meetings with law enforcement agencies in London, New York, Washington and Vancouver. I know that this political staffer is probably a dab hand at law enforcement, but can you tell us what topics this staffer was authorised to discuss with these law enforcement agencies? With which agencies and with whom at those agencies were these matters discussed? What beneficial outcomes for ACT law enforcement flowed from these discussions?

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