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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 14 November 2007) . . Page.. 3371 ..

MR STANHOPE: Right, but we will look at the Hansard with interest. I was making the point, as members will recall, that one of the issues that we as a government pursued as a policy and as an example of the policies that we would pursue was around maternity leave. Indeed it is a fact that the ACT government grants 14 weeks paid parental leave to working parents, along with a raft of other family-friendly working conditions. This is something of which we are enormously proud—that in our negotiations we have provided those services—and, of course, they are rights and expectations that we believe all women in the employ of the ACT should rightfully enjoy, including ministers, and—

MR SPEAKER: Wind up, please. I don’t—

MR STANHOPE: I will. The point I was concluding on was that, in contradistinction, the Liberal Party in this place today have indicated that that is not an approach that they—

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: No. Order!

MR STANHOPE: that they—

MR SPEAKER: No, I am not going to tolerate this. I think the forms of the house are being interfered with here and I just do not think we should proceed down that path any further.

Personal explanation

MR PRATT (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, under standing order 46 I want to make a personal explanation, a clarification in relation to a matter misrepresented by Mr Hargreaves in answer to—

MR SPEAKER: You have been misrepresented, Mr Pratt?

MR PRATT: Indeed, sir, in relation to the question today. In response to my question Mr Hargreaves said, in relation to Tharwa bridge, that I was in possession of an engineering report prepared by retired RTA engineers. That is a misrepresentation. I am not in possession of any such report. In clarification, Mr Speaker, I am aware that such reports do exist. I am also aware that there is a report prepared by the New South Wales RTA now and my question revolved around that report.

Financial Management Act—annual financial report

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

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