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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 6 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1571 ..

MR CORNWELL (continuing):

clear recommendations from the Assembly's committee report on elder abuse in the ACT without having had the courtesy of advising the Assembly of their response to this report.

Mr Wood shrugs his shoulders. Mr Wood, it is extremely discourteous that the government's response to the recommendations of this committee report of the Assembly have not been presented to the Assembly. Assembly members do not know which recommendations you people have decided to accept and which you have not. We have not had an opportunity to debate the matter.

All I can discover is that you are going to move to implement key recommendations from the report. What are the key recommendations? I do not know. Nobody else in this Assembly knows what they are. Are they all of the recommendations or just one or two? I would strongly suggest that when you respond to this matter on the notice paper you give this Assembly the courtesy of advising what the key recommendations are. Ideally, would you mind responding, as a government, to report No 11 of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care relating to elder abuse in the ACT before you begin implementing some or all recommendations of the report, which I would suggest to you is not the government's as yet but still remains the property of this Assembly?

MR WOOD (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for the Arts) (4.12): Mr Speaker, I will respond briefly to Mr Cornwell. I express my surprise that he did not say, "Thank you very much for taking on the recommendations in the report." I thought that might have been the response we got.

Mr Cornwell: Have you taken them all on or not?

MR WOOD: Mr Cornwell, you should seek more detail. That is fair and reasonable of you. Ms Tucker's amendment to the annual reports processes, among other things, will see a response, but I will take your comments on board, Mr Cornwell.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Suspension of standing orders

MR PRATT (4.13): Mr Speaker, I move:

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent discussion of the matter of public importance submitted today from proceeding forthwith.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Pratt, you can speak to the motion that standing orders be suspended. Once we go through that process, then we will come back to the MPI, but we have to deal with that motion first. You may deal with the motion that we suspend standing orders, or you can resume your seat and somebody else might wish to speak. It is up to you. I am not trying to talk you out of speaking. I am just explaining what it is all about. We can proceed straight to a vote if you wish.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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