Page 769 - Week 02 - Thursday, 10 March 2011

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Whether or not we have the members capable of assuming the extra and considerable responsibilities of full self-government and of resisting temptation at 17 persons the Assembly is too few in number. Further, with fixed four year terms great damage, perhaps irrevocable, can be done over such a long period.

Sadly, as a supporter of ACT self-government I believe we need a considerable think about handing over total control without checks and balances.

So that is the only, incoherent as it is, submission to the Senate inquiry from a member of the Liberal Party or a previous member of this place that I am aware of. But at one level at least he has made a submission, which the current Leader of the Opposition is not prepared to do, it seems—or, if he has, it has not yet been made available.

Submissions close today so I think there remains an hour and a half for the Liberal Party to get its submission in, in which it has this one last chance for the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Seselja, to show a little bit of courage—that would be rare, and a first—and to show some leadership. (Time expired.)

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Housing—Allawah, Bega and Currong flats

MS BURCH: Earlier today Ms Bresnan asked me a question on the Bega, Allawah and Currong units. I just want to clarify that there are currently 114 units at each of Allawah and Bega, and also just to be clear that Currong is managed separately as student accommodation.

Election Commitments Costing Bill 2011

Papers and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Exposure draft.

Draft explanatory statement.

Draft Guidelines for Costing Election Commitments, dated January 2011

I ask leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: Today I have pleasure in tabling the exposure draft of the Election Commitments Costing Bill 2011 and accompanying guidelines for costing election commitments. I have decided to table this as an exposure draft in order to provide members of the Assembly, and the broader community if they are interested, an opportunity to comment on the bill prior to its introduction to the Assembly.

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