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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 August 2017) . . Page.. 3247 ..

Ms Lawder: So could the Chief Minister.

MADAM SPEAKER: That is not for debate. There is no point of order; I ask you to be quiet, please.

ACTION bus service—flexibus

MS FITZHARRIS: Yesterday in question time Ms Lee asked me this:

My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, the inner south Canberra flexible bus will collect from suburbs such as Deakin, Kingston and Red Hill and will drop passengers at Woden town centre, Cooleman Court and, when requested, the Canberra Hospital. Why does the bus not allow passengers to be dropped at the Manuka shopping precinct?

I replied that I was not aware that that was the case, but I can confirm that the inner south flexible bus service does include the Manuka and Kingston shopping precincts, and the flexible bus service regularly takes passengers to those shopping centres. I would like to remind those opposite of standing order 117(b), which says that questions shall not contain statements of fact that cannot be authenticated.

Personal explanation

MS LAWDER (Brindabella): Under standing orders 46 and 47, I seek leave to make a brief statement about being misrepresented and to table an email trail between me and Mr Gentleman.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Ms Lawder. In the absence of seeing it, leave is granted through me.

MS LAWDER: Thank you. During question time on Wednesday, 17 August, I believe I was misrepresented. On 12 July, I sent an email to Mr Gentleman regarding aluminium cladding, with a total of 23 questions. During question time on 17 August, Mr Gentleman was asked by Ms Lee why he had failed to answer questions asked of him in that email. In reply to Ms Lee’s question, Mr Gentleman advised the Assembly that his office had—I quote from the draft Hansard—“supplied a direct answer in relation to all of those 23 questions”. The email trail I table today quite clearly shows that Mr Gentleman did not answer the 23 questions.

Mr Hanson: Has he misled? Has he misled the Assembly?

MS LAWDER: I believe he has misled the Assembly. I table the following paper:

Aluminium cladding safety in ACT—Email correspondence between Ms Lawder and Mr Gentleman’s office, dated 12, 21 and 24 July 2017.

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