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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 125..

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. During the debate I heard Mrs Carnell interject something that I am worried might find its way into the public record. Mrs Carnell interjected, "Don't be a smart arse, Andrew". I wonder whether she would be happy to withdraw that so that it does not appear on the public record.

MR SPEAKER: I did not hear the interjection.

Mr De Domenico: On that point of order, Mr Speaker: Let me pour oil on troubled waters. We want to know what specific information Mr Whitecross wants. Mr Speaker, the database containing the information that Mr Whitecross wants - - -

Ms Follett: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I have a point of order before me.

Ms Follett: On a point of order: Under what standing order is Mr De Domenico addressing the Assembly?

MR SPEAKER: He is not addressing it on anything, because I have before me a point of order from your colleague Mr Berry about a remark that Mrs Carnell allegedly made during the debate, a remark that I did not hear. I apologise to members. I did not hear it. What was the wording, Mr Berry, according to you?

Mr Berry: "Don't be a smart arse, Andrew". I wonder whether she would withdraw that.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Carnell, if you did make the statement, would you withdraw it.

Mrs Carnell: I am very happy to withdraw that, but I am sure that nobody except Mr Berry heard it.

Mr Humphries: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. If we are in the business of withdrawals, I mention that I heard Mr Berry earlier this afternoon describe something Mrs Carnell was saying as "lies, damned lies and statistics". I ask that he withdraw that.

Mr Berry: Immediately.


MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.34): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present a report from the government reform advisory group entitled "Governing Canberra" and move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

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