Page 4676 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 19 October 2011

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MS BURCH: Over the last five years the community language grants have been allocated for 2007-08 at $50,000; 2008-09, $60,000; 2009-10, $60,000; 2010-11, $65,000; and 2011-12, $75,000.

MR SESELJA: How many schools are involved in the program, and how many languages are taught and has this number moved up or down over this time?

MS BURCH: I understand there are 42 schools. At the last advice there were 42 schools. I add that recently the government has provided an additional $40,000 to what was the Ethnic Schools Association on top of the $90,000 it had.

Personal explanation

MR HANSON (Molonglo): During question time a question was asked by Ms Porter to which I asked a supplementary. This was about open and accountable government. The question that I asked was related to the fact that in 2001 ACT Labor went to the election with a promise to release cabinet documents after six years. I asked the minister, “Why do you continue to break that promise?” The Chief Minister said that she had no knowledge of that. I would like to provide to members—

MR SPEAKER: Is this a point of order, Mr Hanson?

MR HANSON: Provide information to members that I have—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, no. It is not in the standing orders for you to stand up and give an additional speech on this.

MR HANSON: I seek leave to do so then.

MR SPEAKER: Is there a point of order or do you want to seek leave?

MR HANSON: Under 46 I would like to seek leave. If it is not granted under 46 then I seek leave.

Leave not granted.

MR SPEAKER: Leave is not granted, Mr Hanson. Sit down, thank you.

MR HANSON: I move to suspend so much of standing orders—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! I am actually mistaken. I am reminded that leave is granted by the Speaker in this instance under standing order 46. My mistake there. At this point I do not see grounds to grant the leave, Mr Hanson, in the sense that it is not a personal reflection on you whether the Chief Minister gave an incorrect answer or not.


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