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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Page: 3772

Mr HUNT (Flinders) (15:17): Mr Speaker, I seek your advice. On 9 March 2012 Mr Murray Dawson-Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Autism Victoria, wrote to the Department of Parliamentary Services seeking to have the parliament building lit up for World Autism Day. I understand that you have very generously been supportive of that but that it may not have received similar support from your fellow Presiding Officer. Would you be able to advise the House in due course as to what is the correct position, what is the policy in relation to a group such as Autism Victoria seeking assistance and, if the answer is no, why it is no? I would also note that, as is appropriate, the House is currently being lit up for World Harmony Day in the evening.

The SPEAKER (15:18): For approval to be given for lighting, there must be agreement between the Presiding Officers. I am quite happy to discuss personally the general policy with the honourable member for Flinders if he wishes to come and see me.