Page 3702 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 28 October 2015
MADAM SPEAKER: Leave is granted.
MR WALL: I would like to have the record clarified concerning something that Ms Burch mentioned in her speech—that is, that I declined an opportunity to have the department look over a copy of my draft legislation. In actual fact the offer was extended by Minister Burch’s office. It was graciously accepted by mine. Contact details for a relevant member of the public service were provided to us, and we contacted them with the blessing of the minister’s office.
The bureaucrat in question raised concerns about this occurring and stated that they felt that it may have breached the public service code of conduct and so declined to look at the legislation. Both the public servant in question and my office then immediately contacted the minister’s office to notify them of this decision. So for the minister to come in here and say that I refused to have it looked at does not accurately represent what happened on that issue, and I would like the record to correctly reflect that.
MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for the Arts): I will make a brief response, if I may.
MADAM SPEAKER: No. First of all, you need to seek leave and you need to say why you need to seek leave. This is not a debate. Mr Wall sought leave under standing order 46 because he said that he was misrepresented.
MS BURCH: I believe I was misrepresented, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: You claim to have been misrepresented?
MS BURCH: Yes.
MADAM SPEAKER: Leave is granted to say how you were misrepresented.
MS BURCH: It is my understanding that the offer was there but in the end your bill had to go to the bureaucrats through my office.
MADAM SPEAKER: Address the chair.
MS BURCH: Madam Speaker, that offer was there for Mr Wall’s office to take advantage of, to have his bill sent through to EDD for some scrutiny. It did have to pass through my office. That offer was declined. That is my understanding, Madam Speaker.
MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.22): I move:
That this Assembly: