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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (4 September) . . Page.. 3014..


MR SPEAKER: Relevance, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: This is relevant, Mr Speaker. Mrs Carnell pulled the plug on Mr De Domenico. Of course, the same thing applies in the case of these aged residents. They were prepared to stand up, and they have secured something of a change in direction from the Government. People in Belconnen do not trust this Government, because they have seen their services attacked, Mr Stefaniak closing their schools, promises being broken, health centres being taken away, more people becoming unemployed, buses being under attack - - -

Mr Stefaniak: What about the total inaction by your lot for about four years?

MR SPEAKER: Order! The house will come to order. Mr Berry, you will be relevant to the matter before the Chair.

MR BERRY: This lot are distrusted, and rightly so. You cannot believe a word they say. Their actions and attacks on the community have to be resisted. We can resist them only in the way that those people from Collingrove Court did. They took matters into their own hands and demonstrated their opposition to these savage cuts by this uncaring Government. Mr De Domenico laughs.

Mr De Domenico: I am laughing at you because you are silly.

MR BERRY: He does not regard taking a bus service away from senior citizens - in many cases, their only connection with doctors, shops, and so on and so forth - - -

Mr De Domenico: Your statements are mendacious, Mr Berry. You are being mendacious.

MR BERRY: He should withdraw that.

Mr De Domenico: You are being mendacious, Mr Berry. Mr Speaker, you have ruled on previous occasions that "mendacious" is quite in order.

MR BERRY: No, he has not. "Mendacious" accuses one of telling a lie. Mr Speaker, he has been ordered to withdraw accusations of lying and - - -

MR SPEAKER: I have not ruled on "mendacious", but I will check the information.

Mr De Domenico: You will find that Ms McRae ruled that "mendacious" is quite okay.

MR BERRY: No, she did not.

Mr De Domenico: Yes, she did.

MR SPEAKER: Everybody might like to settle down.


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