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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 November 2017) . . Page.. 5129 ..


Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Greyhound racing—protest rally

MS FITZHARRIS: In response to Mr Parton and Mrs Dunne’s earlier questions, I can provide advice regarding the protest that was organised yesterday in Civic Square. The route from Garema Place to the Legislative Assembly is one of the approved protest and rally routes which do not require temporary traffic management or other Access Canberra approvals. An application was received from the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club for the use of Civic Square—the preferred site—or Garema Place if Civic Square was not available. The protest had a public unleased land permit for Garema Place and not Civic Square, with power to be connected by TCCS at Garema Place from 11.45 am. This is due to the fact that there were three other Public Unleased Land Act bookings for Civic Square yesterday which were booked prior to the rally organiser submitting their application.

The group were then issued access to power in Garema Place as part of their permit. They were advised both verbally and in writing through the permit that three other organisations had previously submitted a Public Unleased Land Act booking for Civic Square yesterday. They were therefore given their second preference, which was Garema Place.

ACT Policing—criminal investigations

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, standing order 118(c), on page 32 of the standing orders, says:

A Member who believes a response given to a question was in the form of a ministerial statement, may seek the leave of the Speaker to respond to the statement at the conclusion of Question Time for a period not exceeding five minutes.

It is my view that the response provided by the minister for police, Mr Gentleman, was in the form of a ministerial statement, and I would seek the leave of the Speaker—

Members interjecting—

Mr Hanson: Not the mob opposite, Madam Speaker; I seek the leave of the Speaker to respond for five minutes to what I consider was the minister’s ministerial statement.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am not going to allow that point of order. Clearly, there is a tradition in this place that you come with prepared questions; government and backbenchers come with prepared questions. There was no ministerial statement. The executive have plenty of opportunity to provide ministerial statements.

Mr Wall: On your ruling, Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes.


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