Page 46 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 14 February 2012

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Attorney-General, when did you become aware of the decision to transfer this property to the ACT branch of the Australian Labor Party?

MR CORBELL: When it was reported in the media, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary.

MR SMYTH: Minister, as the ministerial code of conduct says that ministers should take reasonable steps to ensure that the factual content of statements they make in the Assembly are soundly based, on what basis did you make the claim “to block an unidentified event that may or may not occur and which has no substance in fact”? Have you misled the Assembly?

MR CORBELL: On the basis of my knowledge at the time. And the answer to the second question is no.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Attorney, what advice did you seek before you made statements in the Assembly?

MR CORBELL: I work on the basis of my knowledge at that time.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Attorney, are you concerned that the Labor Club and the Labor Party have taken action that they admit will be in breach of the law if it is passed?

MR CORBELL: The law has not been passed, Mr Speaker.

Australia Day—protest

MR HANSON: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. I refer to an article published by Ms Kim Sattler of UnionsACT in the Canberra Times about the events that occurred on Australia Day outside the Lobby Restaurant. In the article, Ms Sattler states:

Following the events of January 26 I called the office of the ACT Indigenous Affairs Minister, Chris Bourke, and the AFP to discuss the issues.

Minister, what conversations did you or your office have with Ms Sattler about the protest on Australia Day?

Mr Hargreaves: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

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