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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 13 September 2017) . . Page.. 3646 ..

But I ask that, when you do that—and there will be appropriate and right times that you do—you provide the chair and Hansard with a copy so we can all have an understanding and follow the debates and the comments that you make.

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (3.36): Madam Speaker, I just want to clarify something on the point of the mother language motion. I did provide a translation in English straight after I spoke in Tongan.

MADAM SPEAKER: You did. Thank you for that.

MRS KIKKERT: That is okay?

MADAM SPEAKER: If you know you are going to do it, it would be handy for the chair to have a copy beforehand. As chairs, we are responsible for making sure matters are in order.


MADAM SPEAKER: That is all. Thank you and I think it was a great contribution, particularly on that motion on mother language.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Wall) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mrs Jones for today’s sitting for personal reasons.

Answer to question on notice

Question 371

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal): After question time yesterday, in response to Mrs Dunne’s statement regarding questions, I said that my office had been in touch with Mrs Dunne’s office in relation to overdue questions on notice. However, that was incorrect. My office, though intending to, had not yet been in touch to discuss the matter at the time of those comments. This confusion was due to a mix-up in my office, and I apologise for this.

I have signed the questions on notice, Madam Speaker, and I have also written to Mrs Dunne to respond to her correspondence. I wish to place on the record my thanks to my staff for their commitment to their work, in particular the detailed extra work to complete these requests, often outside normal hours.

Tourism—major events strategy

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (3.38): I move:

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