Page 4677 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 19 October 2011

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MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order so I would ask you to resume your seat.

MR HANSON: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, I would just clarify that the Chief Minister, in refusing to answer the question, cast aspersions on my integrity. She said, “I am inclined not to believe anything Mr Hanson ever says.” I would like to clarify the point that what I said in asking the question was correct.

Mr Hargreaves: He is debating the issue, Mr Speaker.

MR HANSON: I think that she has cast aspersions on my integrity through her answer; I want to clarify the point that my question was valid.

MR SPEAKER: All right. We will just sort out the point of order. Mr Hargreaves, were you seeking to—no, that is fine.

Mr Hargreaves: Yes, I was.

MR SPEAKER: No, I will move on. It is okay.

Mr Hargreaves: The point I was making was that the issue was being debated. That was all I was going to say.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you reminded me that, on the grounds that the Chief Minister did make those comments, it is fair for you to receive leave under standing order 46.

MR HANSON: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will be brief. I asked the question, as you will recall. I would just like to point out for members’ information that I have forwarded an email to the Chief Minister and a link to a website from ACT Labor in 2001. On that website it says “Labor’s commitments”. It states, “In government Labor will,” and there is a list of 26 points. Point 17 is “release cabinet papers after six years”. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Children and young people—care and protection

MS BURCH: During question time yesterday I stated that each time information about a placement emergency arrangement was provided to the Public Advocate. I just want to correct my language on that if I may—when a child or young person is removed through emergency action, not an emergency placement. It is somewhat semantic, but I just wanted to be clear. The detail of this action is notified in writing to the Public Advocate and a subsequent care application affidavit is served to the advocate after it has been filed with the court. I just wanted to be absolutely clear about that.

Crimes (Sentencing) Amendment Bill 2011

Debate resumed from 21 September 2011, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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