1307. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the Leader of the House
representing the Attorney General:
How many charges have been laid
under section 101 of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 in each of
the past five years?
(a) How many of
those were as a consequence of a child or children being present where
methamphetamine was being produced, sold or used?
(b) How many
times have charges been laid under section 101 of the Children and Community
Services Act 2004, in conjunction with any other charges associated with the
production, sale, trafficking or use of methamphetamine?
(c) How many convictions have resulted
from these charges?
(d) What is the average sentence
handed down from these convictions?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. However, the Attorney General says that due to the
short time frame and level of detail required to complete this question, the
Attorney General requests that it be placed on notice.
Madam President, if I may be so
bold, with respect to Hon Charles Smith who said by interjection that he lodged
his question two days ago, the lodgement date on the question I just answered
is Thursday, 31 October.
Point of Order
TINCKNELL: I have asked the Attorney General via the Leader of the House
virtually the same question now for three days in a row, and I still have not
had an answer.
PRESIDENT: Member, sometimes, as you will learn in this place, you
might ask a question, but you do not always get the answer that you expect.
Hon COLIN TINCKNELL: I did
not get any answer.
The PRESIDENT: I know; I appreciate
that. What I am trying to say is that sometimes you can ask many, many times
and you still might not get the answer that you expect; you get the answer that
you are given. You may very well continue to ask the same question and, sadly,
you might continue to get the same response. That is pretty much only in the
control of the minister who is providing the answer, as disappointing as that
is for you, member.