Page 4460 - Week 12 - Thursday, 26 October 2017

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The ACT government released its proposed anti-consorting model for consultation on Thursday, strongly indicating it will follow other states and territories …

[Unions ACT] Secretary Alex White is understood to be writing to Mr Corbell on the issue.

Chief Minister, will you table by Wednesday, 1 November 2017 any and all correspondence between any minister or department of your government and any union or union group relating to anti-consorting or control order legislation?

MR BARR: I may not be able to meet that particular artificial deadline that Mr Hanson has set—

Mr Wall: It is not artificial; there’s nothing artificial about it.

MR BARR: No: artificial deadline, that Mr Hanson has set. I will seek information and provide that information as soon as is practicable. It may well be before that date; it may well be after.

MR HANSON: Thank you, Chief Minister. While you are at it, can you provide any other correspondence on this topic between your government and any other groups that has not already been made public and do so either by 1 November or at the earliest opportunity, as you have previously indicated?

MR BARR: That could well be a very extensive document search. I do not know. I will seek some advice in relation to that matter and provide what information I can to members as soon as practical.

MRS DUNNE: Chief Minister, have you or the government received any correspondence from unions or union groups on the current exposure draft of anti-consorting laws? Will you table those by the close of business on 1 November?

MR BARR: That is a very broad question. I will need again to check across seven different ministerial offices over the period. Are you are referring to Mr Hanson’s bill?

Mrs Dunne: Yes.

MR BARR: Right. Yes, I will check to see whether anyone has received any correspondence from anyone in relation to that. Rest assured though, Madam Speaker, that there will need to be, obviously, in light of all these questions, quite a series of document searches, the cumulative impact of which will be that it is unlikely that most of the deadlines that those opposite are seeking will be able to be met, given the number of documents is now accruing into potentially the thousands—

Opposition members interjecting—

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