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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3713 ..

Answers to questions on notice

Questions Nos 878 and 885

MR CORNWELL: I rise under standing order 118A to raise a matter with the Chief Minister, who is looking after the position of the Minister for Urban Services. Questions 878 and 885 are still on the notice paper. The 30-day time limit expires today. When I came down for question time, I had not received a reply to those questions. Could you look into that for me, please?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Mr Cornwell for drawing that to our attention. I will take the matter up with the minister's office.

Question No 875

MRS DUNNE: Under standing order 118A, I seek an explanation as to why I have not received an answer to question No 875, which was placed on the notice paper on 21 August and the 30 days expired on 20 September. On 23 September, I received a letter from the Chief Minister saying that it was a very complex question and could not be answered in the time allotted. However, on 24 September, Mr Hargreaves attempted to ask a question which you ruled out of order, Mr Speaker. Given that the Chief Minister had been prepped to answer a dorothy dix question, can he now give a full explanation as to why he was not able to answer question No 875 within the allotted time?

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, the letter that I wrote to Mrs Dunne explaining the delay in the provision of the answer remains current. It is a very complex and detailed question, requiring the allocation of very significant resources by the department. The departmental officers are extremely busy undertaking vital hazard reduction work. It was a long, detailed and complex question that was asked.

I do have the answer that I had prepared for Mr Hargreaves' question yesterday. I am more than happy to provide that answer to Mrs Dunne in full response to the question on notice. I undertake to do that and I will have it provided to your office this afternoon, Mrs Dunne, in full, complete and total response to your answer. You will get the answer in those terms this afternoon.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Hargreaves ) agreed to:

That leave of absence for today be given to Mr Wood.

Motion (by Mrs Dunne ) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 4 to 31 October 2003 be given to Mr Smyth.

Motion (by Ms Tucker ) agreed to:

That Ms Tucker be granted leave of absence from 2 to 13 October 2003.

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