Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 15 August 2017) . . Page.. 2687 ..
MR RAMSAY: I stand by these statements that were made in relation to the question in the annual reports hearings, and we will continue to maintain the safety—
Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Madam Acting Speaker, on relevance. I can see where he is going. He is going to refer me back to answers I have already got from the estimates process. The question was specifically whether he would guarantee there would be no job cuts within his directorate. That is not an answer that was provided in estimates, on a point of relevance.
Mr Steel: On the point of order, ministers cannot be directed to answer questions in a particular way.
MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: The standing orders clearly say that the answer should be concise and directly relevant. I do note that we were only 16 seconds—
Mr Hanson: I’ll take a yes or a no, Madame Acting Speaker.
MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: I cannot direct Mr Ramsay to answer yes or no. However, I can ask him to be directly—
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson! If you want me to make a ruling on your point of order you will be quiet. I cannot direct Mr Ramsay to give a yes or no answer. However, I can remind him of the standing orders and ask him to be directly relevant to the subject matter of the question, which was: will you guarantee that there will be job cuts? Mr Ramsay, if you would like to be directly relevant to the question in the remaining one minute and 44 seconds.
MR RAMSAY: Thank you Madam Acting Speaker. As I say, we will continue to work on maintaining the safety and work across the directorate, and the directorate will work in a range of ways to ensure that the staff is able to provide the highest level of safety for Canberra people.
MR HANSON: Is that a yes, or a no?
MR RAMSAY: I refer to my previous answer.
MR COE: Attorney, have you provided any guidance to the CPSU about whether anyone will be forcibly reclassified or whether anyone will lose their jobs in your agency?
MR RAMSAY: No.
MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. On 27 February I wrote seeking clarification on plans for improvement to Gartside Street