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Tuesday, 27 May 2003
Page: 15043


Mr LATHAM (3:35 PM) —Mr Speaker, I rise to speak on a point in relation to the ruling you delivered a few moments ago. You stated that you considered there was no blurring of the separation of powers, because the minister, in his answer, did not address matters that were before the committee. I would have thought that made the point exactly: how can the minister answer for the committee if he is not allowed to, and should not, address matters before the committee? But you said this in relation to the blurring of the separation of the powers. My point in that regard was that the blurring came when the answer was transferred from the chairperson of the committee to the minister—that is, the answer was transferred from the head of a committee of the parliament to a member of the executive government. That was my point about the blurring of the separation of powers, not the point and the content of the minister's answer.