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That the Assembly authorises the publication of the Auditor-General’s Report No 1/2005.

Mr Smyth: You should withdraw that. Mr Speaker, Ms MacDonald was swearing in the chamber and she should withdraw the comment.

MR SPEAKER: I did not hear it.

Ms MacDonald: I am happy to withdraw it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Ms Gallagher presented the following paper:

Workers Compensation Amendment Bill 2005—Human Rights Act, pursuant to section 37—Compatibility statement, dated 5 April 2005.

Matters of public importance

Ruling by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Members, this morning Mrs Burke, Mrs Dunne, Mr Mulcahy, Mr Seselja, Mr Smyth and Mr Stefaniak lodged matters of public importance for discussion today. Were it not for other matters earlier this morning that caught my attention, I would have read this ruling out at that time. I have considered the MPIs and have ruled them out of order. The MPIs concerned matters that were not within the scope of ministerial action. I urge members to seek the advice of the Clerk when considering lodging MPIs.

Lifeline Canberra

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received letters that were in order from Dr Foskey and Ms MacDonald proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion. In accordance with standing order 79, I have determined that the matter proposed by Ms MacDonald be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of recognising the valuable contribution Lifeline Canberra makes to the ACT community.

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (3.28): Mr Speaker, for more than 30 years, Lifeline Canberra has been providing our population with counselling support and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A lifeline to thousands of people each year, Lifeline Canberra offers an important variety of services to all age groups. The services range from crisis telephone counselling to Youthline, suicide prevention programs, financial counselling, gambling counselling, and gambling care.

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