Page 5403 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 16 November 2011

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MR CORBELL: I am not familiar immediately with every detail of the ESA’s operational arrangements. I will take the question on notice and provide an answer to the member.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary.

MR SMYTH: Perhaps the minister might be able to tell us what was the process that was followed in this emergency for the promulgation of the messages.

MR CORBELL: Details about that have been outlined in the report on the use of emergency alert, which has been made publicly available by the government.

MR SESELJA: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, how many staff of the Emergency Services Agency are trained in the standard operating procedure for the preparation and promulgation of warnings, and how many of these trained staff were on duty on the night of the Mitchell emergency?

MR CORBELL: Again I would need to take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves, a supplementary.

MR HARGREAVES: My supplementary to the minister: in relation to that fire, minister, was it a fire truck that left the fire station to attend that fire?

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, the question should be ruled out of order because it is not relevant to the original question. I ask your ruling. Mr Hargreaves has done this on numerous occasions where he soaks up a supplementary by asking a spurious question. You have warned him on several occasions. When will you take action and name him?

MR SPEAKER: I think the question is out of order in the sense that the earlier question was, I think, fairly focused around the communications-related elements of the incident. On the latter point, Mr Smyth, that is something that I would perhaps best take up in a discussion with the administration and procedure committee.

Opposition policies—costs

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Treasurer—the best Treasurer that the ACT has seen since Ms Gallagher relinquished it. Minister, what advice have you received on the costs of the policies proposed by the Leader of the Opposition?

Members interjecting—

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