Page 2418 - Week 06 - Thursday, 23 June 2011

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MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Smyth for the question. I am aware that Fadden Pines is a valued space for the local community in that location and that they are keen to see that matter resolved as quickly as possible. I am very happy to seek some further advice from my officials in relation to that matter and I will provide an answer to Mr Smyth.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, are you aware of considerable community concern at the removal of flying foxes across Canberra?

MR CORBELL: I know that these issues arise from time to time in relation to the replacement and renewal of play equipment. Obviously, these are matters where the government does have to have regard to public safety considerations, particularly where young children are involved, and the need to do everything reasonable to try and prevent accidents and injury that may result from the use of government play equipment. The government looks closely at these matters, and I can assure you that decisions to remove or replace play equipment are not taken lightly.

Ms Gallagher: It is with great pleasure that I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Personal explanation

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health, Minister for Industrial Relations and Treasurer): I seek leave to make a statement under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Yesterday in question time you ruled a question from Mr Smyth to me out of order following a series of points of order. Following that, yesterday afternoon the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Seselja, put out a press release which says “Gallagher refuses to answer questions on defunding non-government schools”. In that media statement it clearly says twice—indeed, counting the headline, three times—“Katy Gallagher has refused to answer questions”. That is in one section of the media release. Then the media release goes on to say, “The Chief Minister refused to answer questions”. Again, this is clearly not an accurate reflection—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Chief Minister, could I just remind you of what standing order 46 says. It says that, having obtained leave to explain matters of a personal nature, you can do that but you must not debate the issues. Could I ask you to come to the point where you claim to have been misrepresented.

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