Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 February 2009) . . Page.. 849 ..
legislation. I am pleased that at the end of the day we are aware that this is a road safety issue. This is not a case of bureaucracy gone rampant. This is a matter of trying to keep all road users safe on our roads and to clear up the rules around it. I hope that we can have this sort of joint approach to cleaning up the legislation as these things are brought forward by the community at large. With that, Mr Speaker, I thank members for their support and we will get on with the legislation.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
MR SPEAKER: I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly to suspend until question time.
Sitting suspended from 10.22 am to 2 pm.
Questions without notice
MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer and is in regard to the stalled land rent scheme. Treasurer, before the launch of the land rent scheme, what assurances were given to the government from lending institutions, when were they received and who were these lenders? Will you table any written assurances that the government received?
MS GALLAGHER: The Chief Minister has responsibility for the land rent scheme.
Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: under the administrative arrangements tabled in this place, the Land Rent Act is under the guidance of the Treasurer and I am surprised that the Treasurer does not know her AAs and what acts she is responsible for and that she is not able to answer the question. The question is entirely appropriate to be answered by the Treasurer.
MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, can you address the content of the point of order? I need some clarification on the point of order as to why you are taking the question.
Mr Stanhope: I have day-to-day administrative responsibility for affordable housing and for the land rent scheme and I choose to take the question.
MR SPEAKER: Sorry, Mr Stanhope, again?
Mr Stanhope: Under the governmental arrangements, I have day-to-day responsibility for the administration of the affordable housing initiatives the government is pursuing, including a land rent scheme, and I choose, irrespective of that, to take the question.
Mr Smyth: To the point of order, Mr Speaker, page 15 of the administrative arrangements clearly lists the Land Rent Act 2008 as part of the portfolios,