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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 25 February 2010) . . Page.. 789 ..

The question becomes: what is your objective here? Do you want the documents or do you want some time line? Last night I implored Mrs Dunne to go for a time next week, but I said, “You know, we’re committed to getting this motion through, so we’ll agree to whatever date you put on it.” She came in and moved the date for tomorrow, despite my suggesting to her that the far more pragmatic approach would be to leave it for a couple of days. So, consistent with the position I took last night in my discussions, the Greens will be supporting this motion today.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.30), in reply: I would like to thank Mr Rattenbury for indicating the support of the Greens for this resolution. It is a practical approach. If the opposition feel that this is such an urgent matter, why are they pursuing two courses of action? Why are they pursuing an FOI route as well as this route? You are basically asking the government departments to do that work twice, because we will still be obliged under the FOI request to provide those documents to you again.

It just highlights the sort of petty, nitpicking and lazy approach that we get from the Liberal Party. If they feel that this resolution, in whatever form, meets their requirements for documents, I look forward to receiving letters from them indicating that they no longer wish to pursue their FOI request.

Question put:

That Mr Corbell’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Doszpot

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Gallagher

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Stanhope

Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.


Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Ms Helen Josephine Briggs

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.35): I wish to bring to the attention of the house the passing of Helen Josephine Briggs. Helen worked as an adviser in my office from September 2000 to October 2001 and, apart from being a valued member of staff, was

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