Page 2951 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 6 August 2008

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MR SPEAKER: It would be better to do them one at a time.

Mrs Dunne: It will drag out the embarrassment.

DR FOSKEY: All right, we will drag it out.

MR CORBELL: I am aware that question on notice No 2003 is outstanding. The reason is that a range of developments at the commonwealth level have meant that the advice Dr Foskey is seeking needs to be updated. That is currently in process and an answer will be provided shortly.

MR SPEAKER: I anticipated that you would be spraying them across several ministers, so if you have some for the Attorney-General, bundle them together.

DR FOSKEY: In this case there is only one recalcitrant minister, Mr Speaker. Question No 2082 relates to enduring power of attorney; question No 2117 relates to community groups’ interaction at the Alexander Maconochie Centre; and question No 2121 relates to women prisoners in the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

MR SPEAKER: Before the minister answers and responds to the barb, could you please withdraw the barb that you threw at the minister. It was unnecessary.

DR FOSKEY: I withdraw the barb; it was unnecessary.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

DR FOSKEY: But I am pleased to see that the minister is smiling.

MR SPEAKER: And he is not going to respond to it now.

MR CORBELL: Absolutely not, Mr Speaker, as tempted as I may be. In relation to Dr Foskey’s inquiries, with respect to question No 2082, the action officer for this question is the same officer who was involved in the development of the government’s guardianship bill. This matter has taken priority; as a result, the answer has not been finalised but I anticipate that it will be shortly.

In relation to questions on notice Nos 2117 and 2121, an administrative error has meant that the question on notice was not entered on the day it appeared on the notice paper and it is currently awaiting a formal response. Again, these should be provided shortly.

Dr Foskey: Is that the same with 2121?

Mr Corbell: You did not ask me about 2121.

Dr Foskey: Yes, I did.


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