Page 4675 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 19 October 2011

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Mr Hanson: On a point of order on my supplementary, Mr Speaker, I am not sure that that was relevant to the question. My supplementary question was about the office accommodation, the cost of that and whether it was provided by the ACT government or not.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, it is normal that questions be asked of ministers around issues which they can control according to their administrative arrangements orders.

Mrs Dunne: She is the minister.

Mr Hargreaves: Do you mind?

MR SPEAKER: One moment, Mrs Dunne. Yes, Mr Hargreaves. I will come to you in a minute, Mrs Dunne.

Mr Hargreaves: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I would contend that the arrangements of a private organisation, be it a non-government organisation or otherwise, are not necessarily within the minister’s power to influence.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, to clarify, your question was about whether there was government funding?

Mr Hanson: Yes, certainly. The element of that is that I want to find out whether there is government funding. If the minister is unaware of the office arrangements because it was privately provided, she could take it on notice or say that she does not know. I am particularly interested also to find out, as I said in the question, whether the cost of this is provided by the ACT government. I would have thought that would be within her remit.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, I will just ask, for the sake of clarity, for Mr Hanson to quote verbatim what that supplementary question was.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. Can we have it again, Mr Hanson. Thank you.

Mr Hanson: Sure. The question is: what arrangements does this association have for office accommodation, and is the cost of this provided by the ACT government?

MR SPEAKER: Minister Burch, do you wish to add anything?

MS BURCH: No, Mr Speaker.

Community language grants program

MR SESELJA: Minister, how much has been allocated to the community language grants program over each of the past five years?

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