Page 1080 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 16 March 2005

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Personal explanations

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Does the member claim to have been misrepresented?

MRS DUNNE: I do, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: The member may proceed.

MRS DUNNE: In question time today, I asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services about changes to the standard operating procedures in relation to urgent duty driving, and in the response to the question the minister said that I did not understand how urgent duty driving worked. I refer members to a document signed by the Manager of Parks and Conservation dated 23 December 2004, which says:

Effective immediately, all staff within Parks and Conservation are advised that “urgent duty driving” is not to be undertaken. Any direction from Comcen—

that is, the communications centre—

to respond will require that all speed limits, roadsigns and traffic lights are to be complied with.

The same person, the Manager of Parks and Conservation told the estimates committee that standard operating procedures would be changed.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, this should be a personal explanation. You have gone beyond the personal when you talk about the estimates committee.

Mr Stanhope: Continually abusing the standing orders.

MRS DUNNE: No, Mr Speaker, I do not think I am abusing the standing orders, because Mr Hargreaves said that I did not understand the standard operating procedures, in the answers to the question, and he further referred me to his answer to my question—

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order: this is not a personal explanation; this is debating evidence given to the estimates committee by an official.

MRS DUNNE: No. I have moved on from the estimates committee, Mr Speaker. I am referring to Mr Hargreaves’s suggestion that I refer to the answer that he signed off on, where he said:

The ACT Forests and Parks Brigade have been instructed by their Agency employers to comply with speed limits—

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, what has this got to do with personal—

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