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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 481 ..

Supplementary questions-preamble

MR SPEAKER: Members, I wish to remove any confusion about the issue of preambles in supplementary questions. I draw members' attention to page 529 of House of Representatives Practice. I quote in part from that document:

The use of prefaces is to be avoided and a member called to ask a question places the retention of the call at risk if comment is made relating to an answer just given, or some other extraneous matter.

I would also draw member's attention to standing order 119, which states:

Immediately following the oral answer to a question, one supplementary question may be asked by the Member who asked the original question: provided that the supplementary question is relevant to the original question or arises out of the answer given, contains no preamble, introduces no new matter and is put in precise and direct terms.

In this place one is called upon to exercise one's discretion in relation to these matters, and a little banter from time to time is tolerated and will continue to be by the chair. But I will also exercise a discretion to deal with what I see as a deliberate means to circumvent the intention of that standing order, and that is why the ruling was made in question time.

Public Sector Management Act

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women): Mr Speaker, for the information of members I present the following papers:

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79-Copies of executive contracts or instruments-

Long term contracts:

Alan Thompson, dated 7 December 2001

George Tomlins, dated 21 December 2001

Mandy Hillson, dated 6 December 2001

Short term contracts:

Mark Jensen, dated 6 December 2001

Peter Gordon, dated 13 December 2001

Geoff Keogh, dated 12 December 2001

Peter Ottesen, dated 31 October 2001

Nick Horn, dated 14 December 2001

Ian Primrose, dated 14 January 2002

Gordon Lee Koo, dated 10 December 2001

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