Page 3016 - Week 07 - Thursday, 30 June 2011

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Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, there was an interjection, I think from Mr Barr, saying that Mr Seselja had lied to ABC radio. I would ask that he withdraw that imputation on the Leader of the Opposition.

MR SPEAKER: I actually did not hear it. Mr Barr, would you like to—

Mr Barr: Yes, I withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

Asbestos Management Review—government response

Paper and statement by minister

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

ACT Asbestos Management Review—2010—Government response.

This was presented to the Assembly on 17 February 2011. I seek leave to have the statement incorporated in Hansard.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Before you proceed and before the Assembly makes a decision on leave in relation to incorporation in Hansard, could I refer members to pages 162 and 163 of the Companion to the standing orders, where it talks about the incorporation of unread material in Hansard. Generally, this is not the practice, but I get the impression that there is a general amount of agreement about it today.

The reason why it is not the practice is that unread material may offend the rules requiring relevance and decorum of expression. Unread matter may contain offensive or libellous statements to which a member may have taken objection had the words been spoken. A member could, in effect, make a longer speech than the time limit allowed for. Delays, technical problems and increased costs of production of Hansard could result. And the practice is unnecessary because the printed material and public documents may be tabled and included in the papers of the Assembly for members to view.

If it is the view that the Assembly should incorporate this in Hansard, could I ask that, in accordance with the Companion at 10.46, electronic copies are provided to Hansard and that people, in doing so, would take into account the five dot-points that appear at the top of page 163 of the Companion. Chief Minister, you are seeking leave to incorporate the document in Hansard?

MS GALLAGHER: That is right.

Leave granted.

The incorporated document appears at attachment A on page 3180.

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