Page 2221 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 3 August 2016

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MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. Minister, I remind you of the standing orders that state that the answer should be directly relevant to the question. Could you come to the point about whether there is any commonwealth restriction?

MS BERRY: What I can say is that I can bring some more information about commonwealth rental assistance, how it supports tenants here in the ACT and how important it is. But I would also say—

Ms Lawder: Point of order.

MS BERRY: No, I said that I am going to come back on that. I am entitled to do that.

Ms Lawder: I am not interested in an explanation of CRA.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lawder, I have not called you for a point of order yet. Can you stop the clock? On the point of order, Ms Lawder, now the clock is stopped.

Ms Lawder: Sorry, I am just a bit excited, you know.

MADAM SPEAKER: I know but it is not a debate.

Ms Lawder: The question is not what CRA is. My question related to whether the commonwealth government have imposed any—

Mr Barr: What is the point of order?

Mr Hanson: Relevance; clearly relevance.

Ms Lawder: As to relevance, I am trying to help Ms Berry by explaining the question once again.

Mr Barr interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Barr, I will not hear from you. On the point of order, which is clearly about relevance, three times Ms Lawder has raised the question of relevance because she has asked: has the commonwealth put any restrictions on matters relating to tenancy? So, Ms Berry, in the remaining 30 seconds, can you be directly—

Mr Corbell: On the point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order?

Mr Corbell: Madam Speaker, the minister has said very clearly that she has taken that element of the question on notice and she is now elaborating on the broader range of issues raised in Ms Lawder’s question.

MADAM SPEAKER: No, I am sorry, Ms Berry did not say that she was taking that question on notice.

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