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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3267 ..

MR CORBELL: There may be some difficulties in obtaining some of that information. Not all of it is reportable or reported. I will take the question on notice and provide as much detail as I can to Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: I have a supplementary question. Minister, will the government consider taking this on as an indicator when reporting on mental health issues?

MR CORBELL: I am happy to consider the matter further, Mr Speaker.

Clerical wage increase

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Treasurer. During a debate on the third appropriation bill for 2002-2003, the Leader of the Opposition stated:

I'd like the Treasurer to guarantee absolutely that the payment of the clerical wage increase before the Appropriation Bill was passed is not a breach of the Financial Management Act.

Can the Treasurer advise the house and, of course, satisfy Mr Smyth-

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, questions shall not refer to debates that have taken place during the calendar year.

MR HARGREAVES: "Refer to", can I ask, or "reflect upon"?

MR SPEAKER: No, "shall not refer to". You can re-word the question, or it is out of order.

MR HARGREAVES: I'd like to re-word it then, Mr Speaker, if I may. Can the Treasurer please advise the house about the legality of the payment of the clerical wage increase-

Mr Stefaniak: On a point of order, Mr Speaker-

MR SPEAKER: It doesn't matter, Mr Stefaniak; I'm on to it. You can't ask for a legal opinion.

MR HARGREAVES: Can I rephrase it?

MR SPEAKER: This is your last chance.

MR HARGREAVES: Can the Treasurer advise the house, please, whether it was appropriate that the payments for those wage increases occurred before the appropriation bill was passed?

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I suspect that's an expression of opinion.

MR SPEAKER: I call the Treasurer.

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