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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1151 ..

Answers to questions on notice

MRS BURKE: This is a request for explanation, under standing order 118A, concerning an unanswered question on the notice paper in my name. That is question 379, to the relevant minister, in relation to carers funding.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I apologise to Mrs Burke for that. I will undertake to get an answer to her as quickly as possible.

MR PRATT: Under standing order 118A, I request an explanation concerning question on notice 381, at page 895, to the Minister for Industrial Relations, with regard to the WorkCover Annual Report 2002.

MS GALLAGHER: I am sorry, Mr Pratt. I signed a letter to you today, which you may not have seen, to explain the delay. I believe the letter has been sent to your office. That might have happened around lunchtime today.

As to the reason the answer is late, there were 13 questions regarding the management of the workers compensation supplementation fund, including information about the current estimates of the liability of the fund flowing from the collapse of the HIH Group. The fund actuary presented his report on current estimates of HIH liabilities to the government last week. To avoid confusion and ensure the Assembly was provided with accurate information, it was necessary to wait until this report was finalised before the answering of questions on notice. That is the reason why we could not get it to you within the 30-day timeframe.

I hope to have the answers to you next week, and I apologise for the delay.

MR SMYTH: I also have some overdue questions from the Chief Minister. Question 395 was due on 22 March. On 18 February, during question time, the Chief Minister took a question on notice regarding the chronology of events leading to the bushfire crisis on 18 January.

On 19 February, the Chief Minister took on notice a question as to when the AFP advised the Emergency Services Bureau of the need to declare a state of emergency.

On 20 February, the Treasurer took on notice a question about what advice cabinet received regarding the $10 million that was spent on fire safety.

All four questions are now overdue, and I would appreciate answers.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, yesterday and today, I signed a number of responses to Mr Smyth. I must say I was not aware any of them were late. If they were, I apologise for that.

In relation to the questions that Mr Smyth says were taken on notice, I will check the Hansard. I am not sure whether either I or my office were aware that I had taken those questions on notice. I will certainly look at that and report back to Mr Smyth.

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