Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 August 2017) . . Page.. 2375 ..
yesterday. Question No 320 is outstanding as well, Madam Speaker. I ask your guidance as to what options are open to members of the Assembly to seek explanations when the minister is not present.
MADAM SPEAKER: I will take some advice on the latter, but on the former outstanding questions, would you be satisfied if the minister were able to confirm the transit to your office of those that were signed off on and come back tomorrow with an explanation about when you should expect the others?
Mr Coe: That would be adequate, thank you.
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. As for advice about how you get an answer from someone who is not here, we can—
Ms Fitzharris: I am sure the Treasurer is aware of it and he will respond.
MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, tomorrow, if that would satisfy you, Mr Coe?
MR COE: That is alright. I note that I asked the same question yesterday and the Treasurer had slipped away. So the idea of tomorrow when tomorrow never comes may not give us too much hope.
MADAM SPEAKER: There appears to be no formal practice; so it is up to the chamber about how we request that information again, Mr Coe. Two days in a row may be sufficient and perhaps we can deal with the matter tomorrow. I was not here yesterday; so I was not aware of it, unless you have information in front of you that I just did not get from the Assistant Clerk?
Motion (by Mr Coe) agreed to:
That the Assembly requests the Minister for Economic Development provide an answer as to why question on notice No 320 is unanswered and report back to the Assembly by close of business today.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Ms Berry) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Ms Cody for today and tomorrow’s sitting due to illness.
Statement by Speaker
MADAM SPEAKER: On 27 June of this year, Mr Pettersson gave written notice of a possible breach of privilege, alleging that conﬁdential proceedings of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts had been released to The Canberra Times. Upon receiving the letter I subsequently wrote to the committee on 28 June 2017, pursuant