Page 3289 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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MR SPEAKER: Ms Burch, this happens frequently between you and Mrs Dunne. Let’s keep it short and not debate the topic.

MS BURCH: Pardon me?

MR SPEAKER: Let’s keep it short and not debate the topic, thank you.

MS BURCH: Well, no, both Mrs Dunne and Mr Seselja have come into the place during the debate on safe shelter and made reference to my concerns about volunteers’ involvement being based on their age and that I had disrespected those volunteers based on their age. That is absolutely wrong. I challenge either of those members—Mrs Dunne or Mr Seselja—to come in here with the proof to say that I have disrespected volunteers based on their age. Mrs Dunne has form; she has had to come in here and apologise before, and I ask her to either prove it or apologise.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Minister Burch has asked me to produce the evidence, so I will read from the Canberra Times article of Monday, 13 August, headed, “Church shelter plan left out in the cold”. In the third column, about halfway down:

Ms Burch said helping the homeless required skills to address many complex issues.

“It is of concern that the service would be staffed by volunteers with minimal training, many of whom could be ageing, or with no experience in this type of work.”

I rest my case, Mr Speaker.

Standing order 76—suspension

Motion by (Mr Corbell) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That standing order 76 be suspended for the remainder of this sitting week.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Estimates 2012-2013—Select Committee

Report—government response

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (10.27): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Estimates 2012-2013—Select Committee—Report—Appropriation Bill 2012-2013 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2012-2013—Government response, dated August 2012.

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