Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 November 2017) . . Page.. 5130 ..
Mr Wall: Would you perhaps then provide guidance to the chamber in relation to standing order 118? What, in your view, forms a ministerial statement and what does not?
MADAM SPEAKER: A statement provided under the heading of ministerial statements is clearly one of those. In relation to other statements, I am not going to apply it to questions without notice. They are prepared questions.
Mr Wall: Madam Speaker, with your indulgence, and to give you some assistance, standing order 118 has the heading “Answers to questions without notice”.
MADAM SPEAKER: Yes.
Mr Wall: It explicitly relates to the minister’s answering of a question without notice in question time.
MADAM SPEAKER: Yes.
Mr Wall: I seek, again—
MADAM SPEAKER: My guidance?
Mr Wall: your guidance as to what is deemed a ministerial statement in response to a question without notice. I am more than happy for you to take it, consider it and come back.
MADAM SPEAKER: I can reflect on that. I am quite happy to come back. But the question asked for details and details were provided in the answer. You are always asking about relevance and for answers to be detailed and relevant to the questions asked, and I think the minister was just doing that job. But I will come back at a future time and provide you with that guidance, Mr Wall.
Answers to questions on notice
Questions 772-776 and 784
MRS DUNNE: In accordance with standing order 118A, I ask the Minister for Health and Wellbeing for an explanation as to the lateness of answers to questions 772 through to 776 and 784, for all of which the 30 days expired on 26 November.
MS FITZHARRIS: My understanding is that an explanation was provided to Mrs Dunne’s office earlier today, but if not I will follow up on that.
Madam Speaker presented the following papers:
Auditor-General Act, pursuant to subsection 17(5)—Auditor-General’s Report No 10/2017—2016-17 Financial Audits—Overview, dated 24 November 2017.