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Ms Gallagher: Oh, it is? Oh, the ayes have it? Hopeless.

MR SPEAKER: I took it that the ayes have it, and we will proceed on that basis.

Mr Hanson: Ms Gallagher’s little interjection there—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, is there a point of order?

Mr Hanson: Yes, there is. I suggest that a snide remark across the chamber “you’re hopeless” is unparliamentary and I ask you to rule on it. If so, I would ask you to ask her to withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: I actually did not hear that, Mr Hanson. Ms Gallagher, did you—

Ms Gallagher: Mr Speaker, I said it’s hopeless. The glass jaw of Mr Hanson is alive and well. He has just spoken through the entirety of Ms Bresnan’s budget response. I would say: “Just calm down a bit, Jeremy. It was not aimed at you. It is not all about you.”

2011-2012 annual report directions

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to subsection 9(5)—Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Notice 2012 (No 1)—Notifiable instrument NI2012-293, including a copy of the Chief Minister’s 2011-2012 Annual Report Directions.

I ask leave to make a short statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: The 2011-12 annual report directions largely replicate the 2010-11 directions. However, some minor and technical amendments have been made.

Of particular note are the amendments to the declarations made under sections 12 and 16 of the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004. These have been relocated from attachments to the annual report directions to a discrete clause of the notifiable instrument. This better reflects the legal authority of the declaration.

Under section 12 of the annual reports act, as Chief Minister I may declare that a minister is the responsible minister for a public authority. As a default position, the responsible minister for public authorities is the minister administering the act that the public authority is established or appointed under. All reporting agencies are established under legislation other than the ACT executive and Totalcare Industries. Consequently, the declaration has been limited to these two entities.

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