Page 1256 - Week 04 - Thursday, 21 March 2013

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MR SMYTH: Minister, what is the occupancy loading of the Labor caucus room in Parliament House? Have you sent inspectors to ensure that the loading is not being contravened at 4.30 this afternoon? And who will clean up the blood after this afternoon’s vote?

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: I do believe the Labor caucus room in the federal parliament is nothing to do with this attorney. The question is out of order.

MR HANSON: A supplementary question.


MR HANSON: Minister, on Thursday, 25 January, at the Canberra Business Centre at Regatta Point, the Chief Minister handed out, as I understand, medallions for the 100-year ceremony, for the centenary. My understanding is that the room exceeded the 100 allowed. What investigations have you conducted to confirm whether that is the case, and what action will you be taking now that you have been advised of that?

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, may I remind you that you are not allowed a preamble in the supplementary. You are only allowed the question itself. The question was in relation to the number of people that attended the ceremony, is that correct?

MR HANSON: Yes, in that room, and whether it exceeded the number allowed.

MR CORBELL: Clearly, if a complaint has been lodged, I will ensure that it is appropriately investigated. If Mr Hanson was aware of such a matter nearly two months ago, is this the first time that he has raised the matter? It is a serious matter. Breaching occupancy loading is a serious matter. If Mr Hanson was aware of it nearly two months ago, has he raised that before now? That is the real question that he has to answer. But if he would like to provide me with any particulars, I am very happy to refer it to the Office of Regulatory Services.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Roads—Barry Drive

MR RATTENBURY: Yesterday during question time Mrs Jones asked me about delays on Barry Drive and I undertook to provide her with further information. I am informed there was a delay with the Barry Drive project for two reasons. Firstly, members may recall there was actually a death of a construction worker in that area, working for a company working on one of the intersections. This tragic event did cause some delay. The second reason is that there was some time taken to relocate some services in the area that had not been initially identified. She also asked me about the budget for the project and I am informed that the Barry Drive transitway project is currently on budget.

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