Page 2688 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 26 September 2007

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Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, my point is that the supplementary question yesterday was almost exactly those words.

MR STANHOPE: That was in relation to yesterday’s question, not today’s question.

Mrs Burke: And you said exactly the same thing yesterday.

Mrs Dunne: Well, I am seeking the Speaker’s ruling on whether a question answered yesterday is fully answered today.

MR STANHOPE: Why are we so touchy about this subject?

Mrs Burke: We’re not. Why have you done nothing? That’s why you’re touchy about it.

MR SPEAKER: I just don’t have the question in front of me; so on that basis I will allow the question.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. One understands the sensitivity of the Liberal Party to this particular issue and the attempts to actually prevent an answer. That sensitivity, of course, goes to this matter. One wonders why the Liberal Party is so sensitive about a recently announced Liberal Party policy—

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Order! This is not a debate about a point of order that has been raised in the house. Just deal with the subject matter of the question now, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: Exactly that point. Standing order 118 (b) says he cannot debate the topic and he must answer the question.

MR SPEAKER: Resume your seat.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank Mr Gentleman for the question, and I am pleased that Mr Gentleman is interested in the security of tenure of public trust housing tenants within the ACT.

Mrs Burke: No, you’re not. You did nothing for the other tenants who live in fear.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Burke, I warned you yesterday for interjections when a similar question was asked.

Mrs Burke: Oh, a similar question!

MR STANHOPE: Yesterday, I did refer to issues, particularly presented by the Human Rights Act and the ACT Residential Tenancies Act, in relation to the protections that apply to public housing tenants within the ACT, and, indeed, to all tenants, particularly through those two pieces of legislation.

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