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much higher next year. This is not crowing; I do not want this to be seen as crowing; otherwise, we might have to jump that bit higher next time.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Answers to questions on notice

Question No 567

MRS BURKE: I remind the Minister for Disability, Housing, and Community Services that the answer to question No 567 regarding Currong apartments student accommodation was due on 25 September.

MR HARGREAVES: I am not aware of the exact question because I am used to seeing Mrs Dunne ask questions in respect of what is now Mrs Burke’s shadow portfolio. I will check it and get back to her straight away.

Question No 534

MR PRATT: I remind the minister for emergency services that the answer to question No 534, which deals with purchasing agreements in emergency services, was due on 23 September.

MR HARGREAVES: I probably sent it to Mrs Dunne. I will check that and get back to the member.

Personal explanation

MR PRATT (Brindabella): I seek your leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: You may proceed, Mr Pratt.

MR PRATT: Today in question time Mr Stanhope said that I have supported the long-term incarceration of Mr David Hicks. It is true that in this place, from time to time, I have questioned the Chief Minister on whether he fully understands all of the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the arrest of David Hicks. However, I have not stated in this place or anywhere else that I support the four-year incarceration of David Hicks, or the three-year, two-year or one-year incarceration of David Hicks.

Contrary to Mr Stanhope’s misleading statements, I am on the record in this place, and have been for three years, as stating that I would encourage the Australian government to pressure the US government to expedite the David Hicks case. I place that on the record so that we do not have any misunderstandings or misrepresentations about the issue.


Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

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