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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 06 Hansard (Friday, 27 June 2008) . . Page.. 2238 ..

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am not going to table cabinet submissions. But I think, on this issue of the letter of the 7th or whenever it was—I think the brief was on the 17th—it is interesting, in relation to the Liberal Party’s access to these documents—and I will conclude on this point—that despite the protestations of Mrs Dunne in relation to this matter, this is what Mrs Dunne told estimates:

… Chief Minister, is a draft of the submission that you received on 17 July and signed off on on 18 July. The opposition did not receive the final version of this. It is not on the schedule of documents which are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. I have actually asked our staff to double check, but, at this stage, my advice is that the final version of this document and the attachments do not appear to be on the final version of the FOI request that was provided to the members of the opposition.

She then goes on to say, and this is all that I have ever asserted—

MR SPEAKER: Order! I have ordered you to come back to the subject matter.

MR STANHOPE: I will just finish by saying this. She then goes on to say:

We do actually have a copy of it, Chief Minister, and it looks like that—it actually has nothing blacked out.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, if you’re not going to attempt to answer the question, you might as well resume your seat.

MR STANHOPE: I have answered it fully. I am just providing some additional information.

MR SPEAKER: Well, they didn’t ask you—

MR STANHOPE: I will table this document, and I will conclude on that basis, because it actually reveals exactly what Mrs Dunne did say, and the fact that she admits on the record that she did have the documents. I table the following paper:

Proposed gas-fired power station and data centre—Select Committee on Estimates 2008-2009—Extract from Proof Transcript of Evidence, 16 June 2008, pages 1239 and 1240.

Gas-fired power station

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Deputy Chief Minister—

Mr Seselja: So you’re hiding the document. You’re hiding the document that will prove your case. You know exactly what’s in it.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, I warn you. I have called you to order several times, and you have refused to accept my rulings on these matters. If you interject again, I will name you.

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